This meditative garden is part of my apartment complex in Portland, Oregon. It is an enclosed garden, by our lobby, that every apartment member has access to. Yet it is a garden with few visitors. I can also see this wonderfully calming view from the windows of my apartment and I particularly like to view it at night as the whole garden is illuminated with warm lights. There are specific elements of this kind of garden that make sure it is relaxing and meditative in my opinion. The garden was definitely designed with the use of a few Japanese and Zen like elements
First of all there are not many plants. In fact, I just count three types of plantings and one variety of tree. It is amazing that so few plants in such a large space can have that much impact. One plant that adds an intoxicating fragrance is the Jasmine vine that produces dainty white flowers and glossy leaves. The vine covers the wood panel wall of the garden, and is a great focal point.
As far as colors, there is only a palate of green and white. It makes perfect sense to me only have two colors in this type of garden. White and green are subdued colors that do not cause the eyes to strain or cause the eye to dart from one end of the garden to the other.
|The only color in the garden is from this white fragrant vine|
The trees are planted in the same large concrete pots that give the garden a modern industrial look along with its zen like principles. Just right for or a garden in a big urban city. The concept of repetition is reflected in the design of the concrete floor and reminds me of the movement of water. The garden has a open roof design and is also protected from the elements with two large glass walls and a wooden plank wall.