A Stone Lantern Gallery

St Louis, Missouri, Lantern in the Japanese garden of the Missouri Botanical Garden, pieces of which date back to the 1904 World’s Fair St. Louis, Missouri, lantern under maple trees is on a pathway leading to the tea garden St. Louis, Missouri, lantern under maples...

A Tea Ceremony Terms Glossary

This is a glossary of important words associated with the Japanese Formal Tea Ceremony and Tea Gardens.  For a list of Japanese gardening terms, see Japanese Gardening Terms. a – c     d – i      j – k     m – s    t – z aisatsu –...

Care & Feeding of Japanese Tools

Quality gardening tools are an investment and a treasure. Here are a few pointers on how to keep them in good shape. For information on tool selection, see Building your Toolbox. CLEANING Clean tools function better and last longer. Plant diseases may also be spread...
Pruning Maples – A Celebration of Nature!

Pruning Maples – A Celebration of Nature!

“Although great thought and effort is involved in the creation and care of the Japanese garden, it is not about harnessing or defeating nature, it is about celebrating nature in its most splendid forms”. The ancient shapes of trees capture the power yet...
Fall Care for Japanese Black Pine

Fall Care for Japanese Black Pine

When Katsuoki Kawahara, was asked how long it takes to produce a pine tree that appears to be 100 years old, he replied,”One hundred years!” It is true, training pines takes many years to learn, and many more to produce a beautiful tree. However, there are...
Spring Training for Japanese Black Pine

Spring Training for Japanese Black Pine

Spring brings great opportunity to influence future growth on Japanese Black Pines.  For information on Fall care, see Fall Care of Japanese Black Pine Candles on a pine are the long, tender shoots that appear in spring. An entire branch, sub branches, and needles are...