How to Make a Japanese Garden

How to make a Japanese garden from Martha Stewart Magazine via

Have you noticed the graphic design makeover of Martha Stewart? I really like the new modern fonts and clean styling. I’m also kind of liking the series of stories that share some great practical styling tips for gardens.  This month (the issue is on stands today) we learn about capturing the essence of  Japanese style gardens.




The story is nicely organized and shares the basics of getting the look.  If you want to know what tips 1, 4, and 5 are, you are going to have to buy the magazine.

120_KeaneGarden_L0913WELBFR-5I have to admit though that I find it almost unnerving that there is a lot of similarity to the content of my book project (my manuscript is due in only 6 short weeks!).  That is probably why I find this so lovely and intersting…but I also am intrigued by what wider inspirations have lead to similar approaches.   Have you ever had that happen where you design something and some else does something super similar….but there is no way that you could have copied or been directly influenced by each other?  Fascinating.

120_KeaneGarden_L0913WELBFR-8I’m looking forward to my copy coming in the mail and seeing the rest of the story….and also (hopefully) finding some new organizing tips.  As I wrap up this project…I am all about simplifying and making things a little easier and less stressful for a while.  – Rochelle


Images courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. 


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. [email protected] Trekker on August 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I am looking forward to the release of the complete set of tips; the pictures are wonderful.

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