Posted 15 June 2011, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Natural Home & Garden, naturalhomeandgarden.com
The wabi-sabi garden doesn’t demand an English garden’s formal precision and prissy styling. Plants are chosen because they belong in that garden, in that climate, and they’re allowed to strut their stuff if they’re considerate of the plants around them. They dance naturally with and around the stones and pebbles used to create winding paths and delineations, the rusty iron gate beckoning entrance, the trellis teasing vines up its length. Both plants and guests are encouraged to meander and explore, as long as they’re considerate. A garden’s paths may lead to nowhere, and it might be more beautiful in January than it is in June. (A stroll through the dead winter garden, with its sculptural bare branches, brittle seedpods, and stark, naked plants, is a fine way to cultivate wabi.)
These are a few of my favorite wabi-sabi gardens, places to meditate on nature’s infinite and perfect imperfection.
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