A Tea Garden in Tivoli.
A Tea Garden in Tivoli – American Garden Design Inspired by the Way of Tea …
… is a guide to garden design and flower arranging woven around the story of a unique garden in the Hudson Valley of New York. — By Bettina Mueller
From the Jacket:
“Great gardens in small spaces” is the theme. Gardens need not be Versailles-sized to be inspiring.
This is an intriguing and accessible introduction to the Japanese garden aesthetic for the backyard gardener by veteran Zen and Tea student Bettina Mueller.
Drawing from her three decades long study of the Japanese Tea tradition where great — even legendary — gardens are small by necessity, Bettina sets out to turn her 1/8 acre backyard in the small Hudson Valley village of Tivoli, New York into a private world of beauty and tranquility.
For anyone who has considered taking on the challenge of transplanting Japanese culture to a new setting, here is a great example, with hints on gardens, tea ceremony, and flower arranging.
— Marc Peter Keene, author of The Japanese Tea Garden and Japanese Garden Design
From the Website:
Imagine that you’ve just arrived in Tivoli for tea. You park your car and begin walking down a stone path that curves past flower beds along the side of the house. The path ends at the patio, but almost out of sight, down the expanse of lawn, a new path beckons from beyond the arbor. It’s mysterious because you can’t see where it goes.
With a sense of curiosity and anticipation, you step through the arbor into the tea garden. There is a subtle energy in the garden, a tranquility that you didn’t notice before. The teahouse is partially hidden behind trees and grasses. With every step, you feel drawn into the present moment as you begin to leave the ordinary world behind.
— excerpt A Tea Garden in Tivoli
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