For my main project I want to do something related to Japanese zen gardens and bonsai trees. The process of bonsai is thousands of years old and is the process of keeping a tree small, but allowing it to age to mimic real life on a small scale. I want to do this same thing, but with the entire garden. I have not decided about the entire layout of the whole thing, but there are a few aspects I would like to have.
moving water is an integral part of Japanese gardens as they are a reflection of nature itself. Often times large scale gardens will have a waterfall or large moving water feature. In addition to this there are small water fountains called shishi odoshi that are made of bamboo and fill with water before pouring out creating a light tapping noise to startle animals that might eat from the gardens. To do either of these I will need a pump to move water from a reservoir to a higher spot to flow down. I will have the pump hidden under the garden.
Handmade Wooden Structure
I thoroughly enjoyed working with wood on the last project and plan on incorporating that into this project as well. As an ambitious step I would love to recreate a Japanese style building only held together with joinery as is traditional in Japanese architecture. If that becomes too daunting I alternatively could create a waterwheel, small gate, or other traditional aspects of Japanese gardens.
To make my miniature garden a true garden I would like to incorporate plants. Specifically I would like to incorporate moss to create a grass like effect on the landscape and potentially a small bonsai tree. If I end up incorporating a small body of water at the bottom I may put in goldfish like tiny koi fish