A garden should help you relax and reboot. That’s its proper purpose, according to the Japanese aesthetic called shibui. “We
all need a peaceful place away from the craziness, and there’s no better spot for that than in nature,” says designer André
Price Jackson (jackpricedesign.com), who embraces this philosophy—with a very West Coast spin—in his own Venice, California, garden. The plantings are spare,
paving is natural. The artwork is easy and inventive. But you don’t need to create a garden that looks Japanese to achieve
shibui’s effect. Just make its underlying design ideas your own.
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