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New Japanese Garden Design Book from Gardenproud

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you’ve got a courtyard garden, or an area you want to develop in a very special way, then think Japanese.

We have recently been invited by Russ Chard to co author a helpful book for all you would be Japanese garden fans.

It’s called “11 Simple Ways to Turn Your Garden Japanese.”

The aim of this book is to inspire you and give you lots of useful ideas to add a ‘touch’ of Japan to your courtyard or garden.

Japanese gardens are beautiful, peaceful, simple spaces, steeped in history and meaning. With careful design they can help you create a unique tranquil space in your garden, whatever size it is.

Russ Chard is no newcomer to Japanese gardens.

He fell in love with Japanese gardens after a delayed flight in San Fransisco, he visited the famous Japanese garden in Golden Gate Park and developed his interest from there.

Russ lives in Herts and has visited many Japanese gardens worldwide in his job as a professional broadcaster.

He has also built his own small space Zen garden at his home and this spring will start work on a moss garden and a dry riverbed hill garden.

Russ has been writing about Japanese gardens and Zen gardens for over 10 years and has published 3 books, plus has 3 very successful websites on the subject.

Gardenproud helped co author Russ’s new book providing a case study of one of their most recent projects. In this case a garden was given the oriental touch. You can see more about this project on this blog, just look for our December article “A Japanese Oasis in Tunbridge Wells”.

Get your copy of “11 Simple Ways to Turn Your Garden Japanese”
today. It’s FREE!!!

To obtain your copy of the book as a PDF download just visit Russ’s site : http://www.turnyourgardenjapanese.com

You will also get a copy of his Japanese garden newsletter called ‘The Japanese Garden Bulletin’.

Enjoy the reading and remember if you want some help designing and creating your very own Japanese Garden, then contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 713820.

February – What’s going on in the garden?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

So what’s going on in the garden right now? Here are a few tips……

- Wrap up warm!
- Watch the weather forecast for frosts and keep your less hardy shrubs wrapped in fleeces
- Cut back ornamental grasses
- Prune back shoots on Hydrangeas
- Prepare the borders for planting
- Consider aerating the lawn late February
- Get your power tools and mower serviced
- Order the Summer bulbs


Probably one of the simplest but most effective demonstrations of the value of lawn aeration.

It’s at times like this that we can also see the impact of the Autumn and Winter months on the garden. The lack of foliage often draws our attention to problems that need addressing. It might be a broken fence panel or post, a shed roof that needs resurfacing, a patio or terrace that needs repointing, broken walls, lawn edging, decking surfaces that require cleaning and recoating, pathway and driveway repairs, or broken garden or water features.

Now, while the garden is still relatively dormant, is the best time to address these issues.

Flowers to look out for in February include; Snowdrops, Hellebores, Violets, Winter Jasmine and of course those early Daffs.

I hope you enjoy February in your garden.