ART for the Zen Garden

Roadside Poppies - glass smalti mosaic by Debra D'Souza

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There are so many kinds of visual art related to gardens: mosaics, silk paintings, water colors, sketches, carvings, oil paintings, sculpture – the list goes on and on!  It seems that artists of all genres enjoy gardens and flowers just as much as we gardeners do. ZenGarden presents a variety of art forms to inspire us and bring even more beauty to our lives.

Many of our poetry and haiku selections also contain wonderful works of art, so we have included these in the Art list.  Our members tell us that the multi-media presentations are particularly meaningful  We agree!

Thank you, to all our great artists!

A Silence of White – Winter Haiku

A Silence of White — In winter we enjoy the beauty of barren trees, the silent splendor of snow, the fire-warmed nights of dark and solitude.  In winter, we also dream of spring!  These selections of haiku from historic and

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud — On April 15, 1802, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were taking a walk in the Lake District of England, where they lived and often walked. According to the poet, they came upon

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Where the Wild Thyme Blows

Where the Wild Thyme Blows In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, King Oberon tells Puck of a magical, enchanted bower deep in the forest, where Queen Titania sometimes takes her rest.  The flowers are described in great detail, as if by

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The Wisdom of Flowers

The Wisdom of Flowers — The contemporary poet Susan Rutledge Giles reminds us that flowers can be our teachers.  What are some of the many lessons we learn from flowers?  The words of many great writers and masters help us

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Flowers and mystery – Haiku for two worlds

Flowers and mystery – Haiku for two worlds — Gardens are not just sunlit sanctuaries. Sometimes a flower, a fragrance, a fallen blossom can evoke deep memories or otherworldly feelings.  A garden by moonlight tells different stories than the stories

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Basho and the Art of Haiku

Basho and the Art of Haiku — Haiku, with its gentle guidelines and rules, is much more than counting syllables!  Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694), the father of traditional haiku and one of the most revered poets in Japan, is

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Red Wheelbarrow

The Red Wheelbarrow — William Carlos Williams has captured both the poetry and practicality of gardening with his famous poem “The Red Wheelbarrow”. Most of us gardeners treasure our wheelbarrows like precious jewels. My favorite one is dark red, like

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From Blossoms

From Blossoms — Peach blossoms herald the arrival of spring. Each of these blossoms will yield a peach. Sometimes our gardens are more than just havens of beauty.  Sometimes they also give food, nurturing and life lessons to the world

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