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Thank you for visiting Niwa Design Studio’s Blog. We post to this site to share our passion and ideas about landscape design & construction to help those who wish to work on “do it yourself” projects. We will also provide some gardening and maintenance tips.

Almost every photo on this site is from a Niwa Design Studio job, and is noted in the article if it is not, which means we have detailed knowledge and complete understanding of the project from the point of conception to the finished product. This allows us to assist in explaining and sharing the process we went through when designing, constructing and in some cases maintaining the landscape project we are using for our article. I personally grew up in the business interning at a young age at a large landscape architectural design/build company, worked in Japan, and founded my company in 1998. I have intentionally kept my company small, allowing me to have enough time to personally design every project. Although I am the designer for my company, every project takes a team approach and you should do the same. We will share ideas with you to help answer questions and will make suggestions when you might want to consider hiring local help and where to find it.

I hope you find this site inspirational, enjoyable and useful when working on your own landscape projects.

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    Landscape Lighting Tips part 1
    by Niwa Landscape Design Studio
    22 Mar 2013 at 8:56am
    When using landscape lighting it is important to think of safety first, then beauty. The landscape by day is easy to navigate and capture everything that each view has to offer. At night the same garden becomes more of a mystery as light and shadow reveal some parts and hide others. In addition to the […]

    Japanese Garden Plan ? Courtyard Gardens
    by Niwa Landscape Design Studio
    27 Apr 2012 at 11:16pm
    This plan shows one of our company projects where we designed and constructed a Japanese courtyard garden in a home that had an existing interior garden. The design of the home was inspired by sukiya style architecture, which beautifully complimented our Japanese garden project. One challenge of this project was that it was in a […]

    Japanese Koi Pond and the Izumi-dono Effect
    by Niwa Landscape Design Studio
    26 Apr 2012 at 11:04pm
    If you have the desire to incorporate the architecture on your site into your garden, or if you simply have a wish to add an air of grace to structures in your garden, you will probably find this technique to be of help. The effect developed as long piers built for fishing and relaxing and […]

    Evergreens ? Arborvitae for Minnesota Landscapes
    by Niwa Landscape Design Studio
    26 Apr 2012 at 12:31am
    If you are looking for a green landscape around your house and you are not able to spend lots of time looking after the garden and, evergreens are a good choice. Properly selected evergreens are easy to care for and can provide year round interest. Arborvitae is excellent evergreens that are suited for our Minnesota […]

    Garden Paths ? Designs that make your Garden Look More Attractive
    by Niwa Landscape Design Studio
    25 Apr 2012 at 11:37pm
    Creating a beautiful garden needs great effort and after proper design. I enjoy garden that begs to be explored. The garden path in a garden allows visitors to explore the garden in a very easy and interesting way. These paths can be inviting and will lead the visitor throughout the garden, allowing them to see […]

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