14 Zen Garden Ideas to Help You Unwind
When designing your own Zen garden, also known as Japanese rock gardens, consider not only how all the elements harmonize but how the space can lend itself to contemplation.
“Traditionally, Zen gardens would contain some very specific elements such as rocks, sand, water, plants, and bridges but modern interpretations can go beyond tradition and focus on the intention of each element,” says Melissa Reavis, professional landscape architect and residential studio director at Hollander Design. “A Zen garden should bring a sense of harmony and oneness with nature. Each element in the garden should be placed with the intention to evoke a deeper meaning.”
You’ll also want to create a sense of transition, which can help your mind warm up to the idea that the space is one for peaceful activities. That way an entrance—whether it is a bridge, an archway, or even a stone path through a hedge—can prime you for leaving the busy world behind, allowing you to slow down. Read More
Melissa Reavis is a professional landscape architect and residential studio director at Hollander Design, with offices in New York and Chicago.
Yelena Moroz Alpert