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(8,983 posts)
Sat Sep 12, 2020, 07:15 PM Sep 2020

Does anyone have a Zen garden?

In my dream home, I'd love to have a zen garden with tasked stones, rocks -I know they symbolize different things, a Buddha statue, Japanese lamp, and a water feature. I live in an apartment, so I bought a small sand garden for a tabletop. I spend hours watching Youtube of different Zen gardens, various statutes, etc. I'm hoping, if I ever buy a place, I'll have at least a patio for something like a Zen garden

Does anyone have a Zen garden? (Original Post) XanaDUer2 Sep 2020 OP
I don't but I sure wish I did, maybe one day.... FM123 Sep 2020 #1
Thanks! XanaDUer2 Sep 2020 #3
I think all gardens are Zen gardens. The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2020 #5
I tried making an outdoor one once. Backseat Driver Sep 2020 #2
I may just keep it on a patio XanaDUer2 Sep 2020 #4
You mean a garden with no living plants? Yeah, I can do that. Whether I want to or not. JustABozoOnThisBus Sep 2020 #6


(10,019 posts)
1. I don't but I sure wish I did, maybe one day....
Sat Sep 12, 2020, 09:05 PM
Sep 2020

Here is a pic of one that really speaks to me:
<img src="" alt="Stunning Zen Garden Design peaceful and beautiful zen garden wearefound home design Garden Design Zen Stunning "/>

The Velveteen Ocelot

(113,037 posts)
5. I think all gardens are Zen gardens.
Sun Sep 13, 2020, 01:23 PM
Sep 2020

A little water feature is nice for the running water sound, but IMO a calm place in the shade where you can just sit and enjoy your surroundings is all you need. Here's mine, such as it is:

Backseat Driver

(4,153 posts)
2. I tried making an outdoor one once.
Sat Sep 12, 2020, 10:21 PM
Sep 2020

It was great for meditations for about 20 minutes from the time I declared it finished. I had even gone to a stone yard to purchase monolithic larger rocks; it cost quite a bit and even these were not quite contempletive enough. The texture and colors dull and not really as well-proportioned as I had hoped. Railway timbers were the edge barriers; ugly. Even in the summer, dead leaves cluttered the raked sand patterns; the rain washed away the pattern; the winter cold heaved what was once level ground covered in fine white sand. Huge weeds seemed to break ground overnight; I dug them out, tried to even the sand patterns, and up they popped once more. However, the tiger eye sumacs and Japanese maples did fine as did the boxwood and black elderberry, but the chartreuse tiger eyes were not supposed to have root suckers; still they appeared and pushed through nearby decking to meet the sun and outside the rr tie barriers into the grass; not good. I've come to the conclusion that central Ohio is just not the correct geographical location to make a zen garden. Maybe I needed a Buddha and a gong?

Best of luck creating THE spot you envision in YOUR own backyard. Be sure you're not under the LifeFlight helicopters' flight plans to the city hospital with the pad. The natural world's suburban white(?) noise is sooooo...distracting as you think of the suffering journey of the lives above you racing for care. Trying to be empathetic and present at the same time...Ga-chomp, ga-chomp, ga-chomp...

The tasks to keep the garden zen-like is a wicked taskmaster. What I did not realize then is all that's really necessary is to see your perfect zen garden in your mind's eye as you meditate.

Next project: a tiny little putting green! LOL.


(23,132 posts)
6. You mean a garden with no living plants? Yeah, I can do that. Whether I want to or not.
Sun Sep 13, 2020, 05:24 PM
Sep 2020

Or, a garden in which the planted things die and unwanted things thrive? I call that my "Darwinian Garden"

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