In Japan, it is very expensive to build a garden. Mainly decorative stones representing rocks are highly valued, sometimes because of their origins or history. Shaped trees grown by specialized gardeners might be even a hundred years old which means their price will be really high.
You need to add the cost of labour, garden maintenance and regular services. If you want to have a nice Japanse-style garden in Europe, the initial price will also be rather high. It is mostly due to the costs of the individual elements which are usually imported.
If you are interested in the nature of Japanese gardens, you will quickly realize that you can create an interesting one yourself. Water, rocks, additional plants – all of these can be purchased quite cheaply and in a good quality nowadays as garden centres have a rather large selection. This, however, does not apply to shaped trees, which obviously form the main part of a Japanese-style garden. It preferably uses pines, yew trees and maples, although in our gardens you can also see other solitaire trees such as spruces, larches or hemlock trees. Shaped trees enrich them with their symbolism, form their character and, last but not least, are a source of extraordinary and unique beauty. Perhaps, that is why people have lately been using just some Japanese elements in their gardens and use smaller shaped trees together with rocks or tiny water elements on their balconies and terraces as that is where they spend their free time, if they have any.
Niwaki, originally designated for gardens, have therefore become a link between a dream and real possibilities. A dream about a large Japanese-style garden with its historical origins in a mountain range, a land where we would like to retreat from time to time to meditate or at least forget about the hustle of everyday life.