Bamboo Bonsai


Bamboo, an evergreen plant that can be found growing in the woodlands of South and Central America as well as Africa and Asia. The Chinese see the Bamboo as a symbol of honesty, of eternal youth and Buddhist use Bamboo to help them achieve inner peace. Continue Reading

Growing Japanese vegetables


Being able to grow Japanese vegetables in our western climates is a great and healthy challenge.  With Japanese food vegetables you must keep in mind that, like most vegetables, they are seasonal. Meaning they will not always be around or the best all year round. Here is a list of vegetables that are available to the United States and their benefits. Continue Reading

An inspiring rose journey

My fathers journey with his roses started in southern California 30 years ago and the climate then was absolute heaven. My father had always had a special place in his heart for roses, and one of the first things he did on our new property was to plant rose bushes all along the half-moon shaped drive and around the front lawn. Continue Reading

The garden in a Buddhist life

Buddhist philosophy includes five major tenets known as the five moral precepts. These precepts teach non-violence, peace and a reverence for life. Moreover, Buddhist life practices, such as meditation, are widely believed to promote health and well-being. Gardens, also believed to promote health and well-being, play an important part in Buddhism. Continue Reading