• Maryland Horticultural Society Garden Tour Features ZEN Garden

    ZEN Associates Garden – Chesapeake Bay Expression

    This design is a modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese garden – an expression of the nearby Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, abstractly represented as a dry garden.  This garden offers a dramatically different version of the typical “back yard”.  The garden employs bold stone arrangements, sculptural plantings, and powerful landforms to create a Japanese style garden that is a constant source of peace and tranquility.  The garden was designed as a relaxing oasis for the owner who is a conservationist.

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    The George Robert White Memorial Fountain

    Restoring a Beloved Boston Landmark

    The George Robert White Memorial, nicknamed “The Angel” by local residents, is a cherished Back Bay landmark. By the beginning of the millennium, however, the memorial was in disrepair: its fountain had stopped working and was overshadowed by overgrown shrubs and trees.

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  • Crown Prince of Japan Visits Garden Designed by ZEN

    The Peace Bell Garden, United Nations, New York, NY

    Crown Prince of Japan, Naruhito, recently visited the Peace Bell Garden at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY which was designed by ZEN Associates.  ZEN Associates’ Principal, Shin Abe, was honored with the opportunity to explain the concept and history of the garden to the Crown Prince of Japan.

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  • New England Design Hall of Fame Induction Gala

    Boston, MA

    The New England Design Hall of Fame Induction Gala was held on November 12th at the State Room in downtown Boston. It was a special night to celebrate the highest caliber of work and those who have made a lasting impact on the design field in our region.  One of ZEN Associates’ Principals, Peter White, is honored to be included among the other inductees.

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  • New England Design Hall of Fame

    Inductee, Peter White

    We are proud to announce that the New England Design Hall of Fame for Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design has inducted one of ZEN Associates’ Principals, Peter White as one of its members.

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  • The Labyrinth, Simmons College

    The Labyrinth, Simmons College

    Boston, MA

    ZEN Associates has just completed construction of The Labyrinth at Simmons College which was designed by Deneen Crosby of Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge.

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  • The MFA’s Tenshin-en Garden Reopens After 18 Months

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    ZEN Associates is excited for the reopening of Tenshin-en, the Japanese Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on April 27, 2015. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with the MFA and the original support team to renovate this wonderful garden.  Tenshin-en’s much anticipated reopening is the result of an extensive yearlong effort to preserve and renew the garden, generously underwritten by Nippon Television Network Corporation.

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  • It’s Finally Spring

    5 Things to Look Out For

    No one would argue that this has been a tough winter, but, in the end, it may have been toughest of all on plants, shrubs and sensitive trees. According to the arborists at ZEN Associates, here are five things to look out for after this brutal winter.

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  • Japan Society of Boston Annual Dinner ZEN Associates

    Japan Society of Boston

    Annual Dinner

    ZEN Associates attended the Japan Society of Boston’s 2014 Annual Dinner and it was an exciting evening. The Annual Dinner was held at the Taj Boston.

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  • ZEN Associates Best Landscape Design Firm Boston

    ZEN Associates Editor’s Choice Award

    Best Landscape Design Firm

    Northshore magazine recognizes ZEN Associates as Editor’s Choice for Best Landscape Design Firm in the Ninth Annual ‘Best of North Shore’ Awards and we are really excited about it!

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  • Barrage Mansion Penthouse Interior Design

    Barrage Mansion Penthouse

    The Boston Herald

    The Boston Herald recently featured a project that Maho Abe and Rina Okawa designed the interior for.

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  • Ocean Home Magazine Pool Design ZEN Associates

    Pool Cabanas

    Ocean Home magazine

    ZEN Associates was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Ocean Home, a luxury coastal lifestyle magazine, to discuss how pool cabanas and pavilions can add real value and enjoyment to oceanfront homes.

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  • Yale University Asakawa Garden

    Yale University: Asakawa Garden

    New Haven, CT

    As a landscape architectural firm rooted in Japanese design, we were honored to create a garden dedicated to Professor Kan’ichi Asakawa. His spirit is remembered with each leaf, his legacy with each stone.

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  • Hillwood Museum Gardens ZEN Associates

    Hillwood Museum and Gardens

    Washington, D.C.

    In a city known for its Japanese cherry blossom trees, developing a restoration plan for a historic Japanese-style garden only seemed natural.

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  • Contemporary Pool and Landscape Design

    Eastern Point Retreat

    Gloucester, MA

    This contemporary pool, spa and pool house rest serenely upon Gloucester’s rocky shores, achieving the client’s dream of a retreat set apart from the main house, yet joined with nature.

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  • Landscape Gardening The Gardisans

    Secret Garden

    Beacon Hill, MA

    This classic courtyard garden is a hidden gem in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill. Inspired by the home’s elegant beauty, we turned this landscape into a peaceful terraced garden.

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  • Garden Landscape Boston The Gardisans

    The Gardisans

    Garden Care and Maintenance

    The Gardisans offers special care for special gardens. From landscape management and expert maintenance to seasonal planting, pruning and cleaning, we know exactly what needs to be done — and when to do it.

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  • Boston Flower Show 2014

    Boston Flower & Garden Show 2014

    Seaport World Trade Center

    This year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show theme was “Romance in the Garden,” and our exhibit reflected the romantic courtyards and secret gardens found throughout the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

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