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Ishidoro Zen Gardens Inc. specializes in creating exquisite outdoor spaces inspired by the timeless elegance of Japanese landscaping, and the Zen principles of simplicity and naturalness. We offer landscaping options tailored to enhance residential and commercial properties in the Greater Calgary. Who We Are Incorporated on June 8, 2023, we're your local landscaping partner, crafting Japanese Zen inspired gardens across our communities. With passion and dedication, we've perfected the art of blending nature's essence with the elegance of Japanese Zen design; and with respect and gratitude, we're building a community and contributing to it. How We Do It Picture this – a cozy chat while we explore the potential of your outdoor space. Our initial consultation isn't just about measurements and soil types – it's about dreaming together and understanding your vision. Once we've got a good sense of your dreams and desires, our team will work their magic to create a
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Is Japanese Zen Style Landscaping Right For You?

  By Jose G. Monagas  | When it comes to creating a serene and harmonious space, Japanese Zen style landscaping has long been the standard. With its minimalist design, use of natural elements, and focus on balance, it is no wonder why this style has gained the top ranking. In short, Zen landscaping emphasizes harmony with nature where rocks, water and plants, create a balanced relationship with the surrounding scenery. Zen gardens are designed to change and evolve with the seasons. Thus, they require low maintenance compared to traditional lawns and western-style landscaping. In addition to providing a peaceful retreat for busy homeowners, Zen landscaping can also increase the value of their property. The timeless beauty and unique appeal of Zen gardens are highly attractive, making them a smart investment that can set your property apart. Zen landscaping also promotes long-term sustainability. Through the use of native plants and natural materi

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By Jose G. Monagas  | Summer 2024 is finally here and we couldn't be happier – although we know that everyone will be on the go with competing priorities. Unsurprisingly, it will be challenging to find moments of peace and tranquility. So, if you are one of those busy Calgarians who is racing from one task to another, with little time to relax and recharge, then Japanese Zen style gardening and landscaping is the perfect solution for you. Now, you might be thinking: Creating a Japanese and Zen style garden or landscape in Calgary seems like an unusual choice, considering the harsh climate and limited space. And, Yes, you might also be wondering: How an ancient art form that allows for creativity and self-expression can benefit a modern and busy Calgarian. The good news is that Japanese Zen style gardening and landscaping can bring balance and calmness into your hectic life, and only requires you to be fully present in the moment as a means to

The Joy of Self-Taught Japanese Zen Styled Landscaping

By Jose G. Monagas  | For some of us, traditional college schooling or an apprenticeship can be quite formal and expensive. In contrast, self-learning and lifelong learning can be cost-effective, with so many open and affordable resources available, including books, manuals, online tutorials, forums, blogs, and more. The best learning method depends on your personal learning style, availability, and career goals. Without the constraints of conventional schooling or an apprenticeship, you have the freedom to explore and experiment. You can learn at your own pace, focusing on those areas that interest you the most. This freedom fosters creativity and innovation, allowing you to develop your unique talents. This makes Japanese style landscaping accessible to everyone, regardless of race, gender, income, and other circumstances. Without the pressure of grades and attendance, you can tailor your learning schedule according to your lifestyle. Whether you are

What Is The Secret Behind Japanese Zen Dry Gardens?

By Jose G. Monagas  | In the past years, there has been a lot of discussion about Japanese Zen dry gardens, and how much they differ from the western style gardens filled with flowers and wasteful lawns. At a first glance, Zen dry gardens may seem plain and lacking in diversity. However, it would be a mistake to underestimate their simplicity. Like an iceberg, there is a hidden depth to Japanese Zen style gardens that goes beyond what meets the eye. Drawing from my own continuous research and experience of more than a decade, I have discovered that Japanese Zen dry gardens are intricate spaces with a profound meaning. Their significance is as timeless and thought-provoking as the pyramids were for the ancient pharaohs and Egyptians. As you embark on your own exploration, you will uncover how the concept of a monotone or limited color palette in Zen style gardens greatly enhances their tranquility and aesthetic charm. I know that at this point some might

Creating a Japanese Style Garden on a Budget in Calgary in 2024

By Jose G. Monagas  | If you are looking to boost your home's appeal and value, consider incorporating a Japanese Zen style garden or landscape a profitable choice -- as the average house price in Calgary was expected to hit $564,000 by 31 December 2023. For this purpose, you might need the assistance of a landscape architect as they can offer guidance on plant selection, layout, and structures. Their services typically cost between $2,000 and $6,000. Next, to direct the landscaping crews during construction, a garden design plan is necessary. The cost can range from $2,000 to $6,000. The selection of plants and trees plays a vital role in designing a Japanese style garden and landscape. The cost can range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on the species and quantities you chose. It is advisable to consult with a local nursery or horticultural expert, especially considering that some species may not be suitable for Calgary's climate. For example

Why Calgarians Should Be Embracing Japanese Zen Dry Gardens in 2024

By Jose G. Monagas  | Watering lawns and gardens is expensive and inefficient, especially in a dry region like Calgary. On the other hand, Japanese Zen dry gardens make use of boulders, stones, rocks, gravel, sand, and plants that can withstand drought conditions. According to the City of Calgary, some 30 percent of all residential water consumption is used for lawn and garden irrigation. In 2023, the average monthly water bill for a household was $111. If households reduce this expense by 30% during the summer months, they could save around $200 per year. With 356,225 families in Calgary (per the 2021 census), these savings are quite substantial. Furthermore, a study conducted at the University of Alberta suggests that incorporating green spaces can lead to a notable appreciation in property values in Edmonton, ranging from 5% to 15%. By applying this 5% increase to the average residential property value in Calgary, which amounted to $555,000 in 2023,