Asian Gardens at the Phillips Library

Artificial Garden at Japanese Villa

Japanese garden with hillock and trees

Hand colored illustrations of Japanese villa gardens, late nineteenth century (3)

Recently, the Phillips Library had the pleasure of finding beautiful pictures of Asian gardens to display for a group visit. Natural history and Asian art are strengths of the PEM and Phillips Library, so we were able to pull an interesting selection of items. Before these images are put back into the vault, we simply had to share them with the world. The images that were selected here are from Chinese and Japanese gardens.

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Ikebana with Keiko Thayer

Melissa Woods

Keiko Thayer’s ikebana piece, created in PEM’s Japanese gallery. Photo credit Allison White.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, goes back as far as the 6th century. Originating from a blend of Buddhist and Shinto traditions, it transforms flower arrangement into a meditative and artistic act, emphasizing the form not just of flower buds, but of the leaves and stems of the plants, resulting in elegant compositions that bring pleasure to the senses and focus to the mind. Read more