Different cultures all around the world have developed individual styles of gardening, architecture, and art, representing the natural world in unique ways.  Over the centuries, these styles have borrowed from eachother, excluded eachother, and embraced eacother, infusing the philosophies and views of various peoples.  In the modern era, one culture in particular has not only maintained a high level of purity in their style, but also has served to inspire other garden designers around the world to see thing as they do, through the eyes of metaphor and poetry; to imagine things not as they appear, but as they may be interpreted.  Perhaps it is a biased view, but it is my opinion that these ideas shoud fit most comfortably with the Japanese.  

Japanese gardens have matured over the years to form places of union between man and nature.  Always seeking to maintain ones mind upon the beauty of the world, they build almost nothing that does not represent another through symbol and suggestion.  Even the most simple arrangements may have profound implications, begging the viewer to go further in thought, and deeper in heart to attain the stedfast peace that seems so effortlessly abundant in the natural environment.

As we approach a new Spring and new season of growth this year, we will be exploring the treasures offered through the knowledge and wisdom to be gained from the philosophy of Japanese gardening.  Even a small amount of understanding regarding this philosophy will bring a newfound appreciation out of the seemingly mundane everyday experiences we so often ignore as we hurry through our "normal" day.