Ashleigh Smith + photo

Ashleigh Smith

Nov 26
2 min read
bubble 9
DIY Mini Zen Garden Ideas

What Are Zen Gardens?

Zen Gardens originated as aids for Buddhist monks during meditation to help the mind find rest and take in the teachings of Buddha. They were incorporated into the Japanese temple gardens before becoming a more common part of Japanese life culture. The whole idea is to maintain a minimalistic representation of the natural elements of the Earth to evoke meaning and inner reflection.

As we live our lives our minds are cluttered with tasks and to do lists that are focused on trivial pursuits. This lifestyle creates dissonance between us and nature. By interacting with simple, natural elements we are able to ground our minds and create a moment of tranquility and rest. It is about creating harmony between ourselves and nature.

How To Make A Zen Garden?

Because zen gardens are really meant to aid individuals there is not a specific format for creating a zen garden. The basic components include sand, rocks/stone, and sometimes water or a few plants.

These components can be combined and organized in any way that you feel so drawn to place them. Because there aren’t traditionally any plants incorporated into these gardens you can turn those hard to plant areas into a zen oasis.

To create within your landscape it is common to create a box or contained area where the zen garden is made that is then surrounded by plants. This creates a sense of being in nature while also focusing on the basic components it is made of.

To bring these gardens indoors you can create a mini version that is perfect for any desktop. Spending even a few minutes a day raking patterns into the sand can help the mind rest and rejuvenate.

To Make A Mini Zen Garden:

  1. Pick a small container, we recommend using these small wood planter boxes
  2. Add a fine sand - traditionally white sand is used but colored sand could be used too
  3. Add a few smoothed rocks
  4. Add any other small statues, plants, etc. if you would like
  5. Place near your workspace
  6. Use a small rake to smooth the sand and create calming patterns in the sand
Ashleigh Smith's photo

I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Where Do True Leaf Market’s Seeds Come From? jssnrnyoei ajssnrnyoei [url=]ujssnrnyoei[/url]


What are Microgreens? – How To Get Started Growing knserbeply [url=]uknserbeply[/url] aknserbeply


Taylor the Warehouse Cat – True Leaf Market CPO (Chief Pest Officer) mbrhfowel [url=]umbrhfowel[/url] ambrhfowel

Janelle Huston AKA Garden Glam Goddess

I loved your article. It was very nice. It is always interesting to learn about the language of flowers. This is a wonderful advertisement for a gift that can be given to friends and nonromantic relationships. Perfect for “Galentine’s Day” and “Palentine’s Day.” Thank you.


I learned a lot from this article! We give our cat wheatgrass but never knew how good it was for them! I just bought some seeds to grow our own so our cat can have it all the time.

Kathie Hitt

This is amazing! I had no idea you could grow your own popping corn. Will be definitely adding to my fall gardening plan to surprise my family. Thank you!


Thank you for the helpful information! As a beginner gardener it has been tempting to start everything indoors. It’s helpful to know that it best to directly sow some crops.


Beauty berry is one of my favorites bug repelling plants. Great article.


I love nasturtiums. Great article.