Zen Meditation Garden

Tabletop Zen Meditation Garden

Achieve your own serenity

The Japanese term for a Zen garden that uses only rocks and gravel is “karesansui,” which means “dry landscape.” The gardener will place rocks in a bed of gravel in random locations to symbolize islands and mountains, and rakes the gravel to suggest flowing water. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

This tabletop version serves the same purpose as the age-old landscaped gardens in Japanese temples. In this case, you as the gardener, will place small river stones in a tray of sand instead of rocks in a bed of gravel.  It will take no time at all before you immerse yourself, meditate, relax, and achieve your own serenity. You will enjoy the satisfaction of viewing your garden, and then creating a new landscape when the spirit moves you.


 Included in the Tabletop Zen Garden:

Zen Garden and components are hand made from Vermont Cherry wood, hand rubbed and finished in Walnut Oil  by Vermont craftsman Jim Tidyman.

  • Garden tray signed by the artist

    (12″ wide x 24″ long x 2″ deep)

  • Rake

  • Sand resurfacing tool

  • Matching Cherry holding box for the river stones

  • 20 black river stones

  • 10 lbs. white sand

YouTube Zen Garden Video:


$48.00 plus shipping

Total weight: approximately 22lbs.  With packing material, 24 lbs.

Shipping dimensions: 28″x 16″ x 5″

Pick up available in St. Johnsbury, VT


Contact: Jim Tidyman

(802) 274-7762