Real World Gardener Inspired Japanese Gardens-in Design Elements

February 1st, 2016

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TATTON PARK  is a RHS garden – historic estate with 50 acres (about 20 ha) of landscaped gardens in Cheshire in the UK. Renowned for its glasshouses, the Japanese Garden, and the extensive Kitchen Gardens


Tatton Park UK. photo M. Cannon

Have you ever travelled a long way to see some great gardens?

Just by chance have you stumbled on one of the world’s best for that particular style?

Seeing lots of gardens up close and personal is something we gardeners like to do and should do.

Plus you learn so much about planting styles that you can reflect on and adapt to your own garden.

Here is one such inspirational garden.

Listen to this podcast…I'm talking with Garden Designer Louise McDaid

The Japanese Garden., was almost certainly the result of Alan de Tatton’s visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910.

He was inspired - decided to introduce a Japanese garden to Tatton.  

The Shinto Shrine and artefacts in the garden are all reputed to have been brought from Japan, with construction of the garden by a team of Japanese workmen.


Tatton Park photo M. Cannon

It’s considered to be the finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe.

The garden is in the style of the tea garden, and doesn’t reflect the strict discipline of other Japanese styles, e.g. the dry garden or the stroll garden. In this form of art, the Japanese garden portrays many scenes that harmonise with nature. The important elements of plants, stones and rocks are carefully placed to produce a natural balance.

This Japanese inspirational garden doesn’t sound too hard to emulate does it?
Some rocks, some maples of different colours and leaf shapes, a tea house, and a bit of clipped Buxus or Azaleas, and hey presto, transformation!

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