Keep Your Calm in the Office with a Zen Dish Garden
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Lynn, Eng, Donna and 1 other
The stress that modern people need to live with day in and day out is astounding. It is therefore not surprising that the 21st generation is so keen on discovering ways to relax themselves wherever they are. Companies and businesses are now recognizing the negative impact of stress in work so that attempts to make their offices more relaxing is being proactively pursued.
To this end, many have looked at Buddhist or Zen ideologies of Eastern philosophy as a way to bring calm in the workplace. Indeed, creating a small space in the workplace where stressed employees can relax or meditate can be very productive. In fact, a small Zen dish garden is all you need to meditate and relax when the hustle and bustle in the office start to build up.
If you are wondering how a Zen dish garden can be beneficial in the workplace, you will find that the holistic activity of artful sand-scaping is not just a unique decorative accent indoors. Cultivating a Zen garden is a meditative and stress-relieving outlet that can effectively calm you down and let inspiration flow out in a visually-appealing scene. It is the art of creating sand patterns or combining a group of plants in a decorative container to create a miniature garden. If the Zen garden is located inside the office where chaos is the daily normal phase, having a desolate space with plants, sand, and rock formation can help relax the stressed body and mind. The garden becomes an instant respite from the maddening demands of work.
- 1 Benefits of Zen Dish Garden in the Office
- 2 How to Optimize the Calming Benefits of Mini Zen Garden
- 3 How to Make a Zen Sand and Rock Dish Garden
- 4 How to Make a Zen Green Dish Garden
- 5 Steps to Follow
- 6 Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- 7 Questions and Answers
- 8 Comments
Benefits of Zen Dish Garden in the Office
Emotional Benefits: A Zen dish garden does not only fill the place with burst of colors. It also becomes a creative activity for office workers to nourish and care for living plants, helping them to practice patience, calmness, serenity, and self-accomplishment.
Health Benefits: The plants cultivated in the dish garden filter out harmful toxins present in the workplace. They add humidity in the air and eliminate airborne pollutants. The plants freshen up the air, making it easier to breathe.
Studies have proved that workers enjoying these benefits exhibit less health problems and deliver high satisfactory performance of their jobs. So why not bring these benefits into your workplace? You'll find that it is easier to relieve your tension if a Zen dish garden is in the workplace. Remember to take a breather. Spend some moments to relax without leaving your place of work. If you can't go back to your childhood sandbox pit, let a Zen dish garden evoke those fun memories while you chill out from your workload.
How to Optimize the Calming Benefits of Mini Zen Garden
- 2Find the Best Spot.Advertisement
- 3Optimize the benefits of the Zen garden.
How to Make a Zen Sand and Rock Dish Garden
Materials you'll need
- Sand: ½ to ¾ inch of white sand
- Shallow tray: If you want to stick to the traditional Zen Buddhism ways, choose earthly materials like wood to be used as container. Otherwise, you may find it also appropriate to use metals and plastics for the same purpose. The tray must be deep to hold the sand, yet shallow enough for easier cultivation and raking.
- Rocks: Choose rocks that are particularly appealing to your taste. Generally, polished stones look good in a Zen dish garden.
- Raking tool: You can make your own raking tools from household items with prongs, such as forks, chopsticks, or combs. Make sure they are evenly-spaced to create nice and smooth patterns on the sand.
- 1Distribute the sand evenly all over the container.Pour the sand into the tray.Advertisement
- 2There are no rules in expressing your creativity.Rake the sand to create different patterns.
- 3Place the rocks in a pleasing arrangement or where they best complement the entire diorama.
- 4Change the pattern and arrangement every day to practice the Zen philosophy of on-going calmness and connection to nature.
How to Make a Zen Green Dish Garden
- Potting soil, sterilized
- Pebbles or coarse sand
- Dish or container
- Rocks and accessories
Steps to Follow
Prepare the Plants. Condition the plants by watering them completely a day or two before planting. Inspect for bugs and remove dead parts.
Prepare the Dish
- 1Sterilize the potting soil by putting it in the oven for an hour at 180-200 degrees F.
- 2Mix the sterilized soil with just enough water to make it evenly moist.
- 3This will serve as drainage to prevent the plant roots from being soaked in water.Arrange 1 inch layer of pebbles or coarse sand at the bottom of the dish.
- 4Sprinkle tiny bits of charcoal over the gravel to absorb excess water and toxic elements in the potting soil.
- 5Too much soil will result in water spilling out.Add the soil, leaving 2 inches from the top of the dish.
Plant the Garden
- 1Choose the tallest plants and position them where you desire.
- 2Change the arrangement if necessary.Step back away from the dish and assess your work from all angles.
- 3Pour additional soil until there is just 1 ½ inches of space left from the rim of the dish. Press the soil around each plant to secure it.Add more soil.
- 4Position them alongside the plants or anywhere in the dish to complete the garden.Place the rocks and other accessories.
- 5Water the garden just to moisten the soil thoroughly.Advertisement
Tips, Tricks and Warnings
- If you want to have several kinds of plants in your dish garden, it's important to group them with species that share similar growing requirements
Questions and Answers
Do you have ideas for making a dish garden flower arrangement?
I would like to make a dish garden with blooms, with maybe English garden flowers.. I have tried: Making a green dish garden.. I think it was caused by: I find a garden with blooms to be visually peaceful and serene, just like a dish zen garden or green dish garden.
It is very convenient to place a mobile dish or flowerpot in any part of your garden or near your house: near the entrance or along the paths outside. Quite often, flowers can form a cascade: several vertical and horizontal layers of plants create a composition that is in harmony with its color and size with the surroundings. You can put two or three types of flowers into flowerpots with the highest-growing flowers (foreground) planted in the middle and plants that are half the size of the highest plants around them (background). Then, add some twining or hanging plants along the rim of the vessel.
- Foreground flowers can be pelargoniums, asters, or dahlias. Pelagoriums are easy to manage and can have a wide variety of tints, from rosy to deep red. Annual dahlias are not too tall. They are approximately 20-50 cm (8-20 inches) tall. Double or semi-double asters has a long blooming period. They are usually 15-50 cm (6-20 inches) tall.
- Background flowers can be violets, verbenas, ageratums, and limnanthes. You can use pansies or violets for the outer rim in a large flowerpot or a dish. These plants are variegated and reach up to 15-25 cm (6-10 inches) in height. Gentle white-and-yellow inflorescences of limnanthes are a good background for vivid foreground flowers of color red or blue. Verbena can reach the heights of 30 cm (12 inches). White, light violet, and violet ageratums can frame asters or dahlias well.
- As twining and hanging plants, petunias, lobelias, nasturtiums, and scaevolas are the most used.
Usually, these flowers do not require meticulous care. For their luxuriant blooming, it is enough to water and loosen the soil and occasionally add some mineral fertilizers.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.