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Dream Islands Garden

Mutō no Niwa 夢嶋の庭

Stone Ridge, NY


  The stones in this garden represent mountains, the quintessential yang element in nature: solid, upright, eternal. The moss represents water, the quintessential yin element in nature: fluid, supine, evanescent.   The two together —mountain and water, yin and yang—  represent all of nature.

    The stones, which were collected from the forest on the property, are a kind of sandstone called bluestone. The nobedan paths and the retaining wall were also made of bluestone that had been quarried nearby. Bluestone and moss — that is all there is in the palette of this garden.

Architecture: Levenbetts

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