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This world can be busy and hectic – you deserve a little peace. A Zen rock garden could be just the thing you need to help you relax and reenter the world full of energy and vigor!

faux grass  All of our Zen garden customers receive a complimentary, hand-crafted Zen Garden Rake.

faux grass  Our standard Zen Garden installation includes Zen Garden sand/gravel & 3 rocks/boulders.

faux grass  All of our Zen gardens include: excavation, weed barrier, compacted base, and Zen Gravel. Our installations start at $15/sf.

faux grass  Water features, bridges, stone temples are not part of our standard packages, but can be added. You can also opt to purchase these items prior to your installation date.

faux grass  Just like an artificial grass lawn, zen gardens are very low maintenance, requiring no watering, no mowing, and no pesticides. You don’t have to do a lot to keep your rock garden looking good. Sand and stones don’t degenerate or need food or water!

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What is a Japanese Zen Garden?

The Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A zen garden is usually relatively small and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden. Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto during the Muromachi period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

Gravel is usually used in zen gardens, rather than sand, because it is less disturbed by rain and wind. The act of raking the gravel into a pattern recalling waves or rippling water, known as samon (砂紋) or hōkime (箒目), has an aesthetic function. Zen priests practice this raking also to help their concentration. Achieving perfection of lines is not easy. Rakes are according to the patterns of ridges as desired and limited to some of the stone objects situated within the gravel area. Nonetheless often the patterns are not static. Developing variations in patterns is a creative and inspiring challenge.

Stone arrangements and other miniature elements are used to represent mountains and natural water elements and scenes, islands, rivers and waterfalls.

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