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How the stone garden evolvedThese two factors were what led to the development of the current type of stone garden. This new form also fit well with the advent of the wabi-sabi aesthetic, or the appreciation of that which is imperfect or incomplete. Stone gardens therefore began to be adopted outside of Zen temples as samurai and merchants began to create their own. However, around the 18th century, in the middle of the Edo period (1603–1867), naturalistic gardens that favoured living plants stole the spotlight for a time, meaning that fewer stone gardens were built.They experienced a resurgence in the Showa period (20th century), when gardener and garden historian Mirei Shigemori created more than 200 stone gardens, now deemed to be timeless. Despite holding to the traditional rules of stone arrangement, his gardens weren’t blind imitations of the old ways. Instead, he combined his own innovations and modern aesthetics with traditional forms.Looking for landscape designers?
“We also like curved walkways, for example, possibly because they generate something that environmental psychologists call “mystery” – the idea is that we like to be in situations of what you might call “unveiling.” We like settings where we are lured inward by the promise of further information. Again, information-seeking is a key here,” Dr. Ellard says.“One of the most robust findings in environmental psychology has to do with the profound impact of nature settings on psychology, physiology and health. Something as modest as an indoor plant or even a picture of plants can exert an effect.” And when you consider that before buildings, human beings lived in natural settings – where our primitive instincts were first honed – it makes perfect sense.
Stone lanterns and meditative sculpturesStone lanterns are typical Japanese designs and bring a sense of authenticity to a Zen garden. They are designed to represent miniature buildings or pavilions, and add to the scenery of the garden. Light them up to add another dimension and point of interest at night.