Designing a Japanese garden isn't impossible, as long as you know a few tricks

I take you on another trip to the Hamilton Botanical Gardens where we were delighted to find within a series of gardens with each room devoted to a landscape style in history.

One of those styles was the Japanese Garden , one of my favourites. You may see derivatives of this style in a variety of settings from your local spa setting (Zen influence) to furniture and house design (think the post and beam houses that began in the 1960s).

While a true Japanese garden can only be found in its native homeland, there are many basic principles and tricks you can develop an "Asian-Inspired Pacific Northwest Garden."