From history’s earliest time, man has endeavored to have a sanctuary-like setting to free his mind and body from stress, make a connection with “the gods” and to commune with nature in his own way. For centuries, man has created meditation water gardens to help with the task.
Zen gardens were some of the earliest meditation water gardens designs. They use earth’s basic elements – earth, rock, water and sky to create a setting that summons serenity at every turn. Plantings in the Zen garden make up an assorted ecosystem that’s surrounded by walls or some other means to set it off from the area surrounding it.
Zen gardens vary in their makeup according to the region of the garden. For example, a Zen garden in New York will look very different from one in California. The environment of the surroundings should incorporate the elements that are designed in the garden.
The main purpose for man-made meditation water gardens is to display a water feature along with plants and possibly fish so that it becomes a focal point of a garden or area that is used for meditation and relaxation.
Ancient Persian and Chinese gardens have existed for centuries and became popular in Europe during the sixteenth century. The early Greeks used elements such as steam-powered mechanical birds that sang and there are many European palaces that have incorporated many such unique devices.
One of the best known water gardens in Europe is Italy’s Villa d’Este at Tivoli. The 1550 A.D. garden features fountains and grottoes and water-powered figures that spout water.
With all of the products now available, it’s easy to design and implement a meditation water garden – whether you only a small patio or porch or a large area in your yard.