Japanese gardens have a matchless allure all their own--so still & with a profound sense of beauty. Spending time in that peaceful environment, lost in reverie & contemplating nature, refreshes & renews the spirit. All the more amazing, then, that you can construct such a special place so quickly! A brief history will acquaint you with the traditional features that make these Zen-like spaces unlike any other, & guide you through planning, materials, plants & pruning, & special additions. Begin the transformation in a single week-end by creating a Japanese garden in an old sink for a balcony or patio; constructing trellis panels using bamboo; or turning a water basin & stone lantern into a focal point. It takes two weekends to add a zigzag bridge as a centerpiece to an iris garden or put up an arbor as a viewing position. In less than a month you can enjoy a vertical garden on a steep slope, a heart-shaped pool with rockery, a waterfall right to edge of the patio area, & a tea garden! The work lasts only a short time--the pleasure, forever.Ketchell, Robert D. is the author of 'Japanese Gardens in a Weekend' with ISBN 9780806977317 and ISBN 0806977310.