Product Description The Gardens of the Spirit wall calendar features twelve exquisite Japanese gardens by photographer John Lander. Paired with contemplative text by Maggie Oster, this collection of meditative images brings the calming experience of Japanese gardening to all who long to create a simple, peaceful oasis in the midst of a challenging chaotic world. 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open). A year of serene Japanese garden photography on your wall. The perfect gift for Zen garden enthusiasts. Showcases John Lander's exceptional photographs of authentic Japanese landscaping and moss-covered gardens. Features inspirational, interpretive garden text by accomplished horticulture author Maggie Oster. Be organized and inspired throughout the year. Includes US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions. High-quality printing on premium paper stock. Printed on paper sourced from a combination of recycled materials and wood harvested from socially and environmentally sustainable forests. WE PLANT TREES — Amber Lotus Publishing, an independent carbon-negative US company, has planted MORE THAN ONE MILLION trees since 2008 to offset our carbon footprint and resource usage. Strongly influenced by Shinto and Zen Buddhism, this Asian style of landscaping is particularly conducive to restoring an inner calm. Requiring an artful blend of imagination, skill, and patience, the Japanese garden is an extension of the self. By adapting the harmonies of natural garden design to our own landscape, we heighten our understanding of the world around us and the one within us. About the Author With a love of nature and broad-ranging metaphysical beliefs, Maggie Oster has spent a lifetime studying and interpreting gardens and gardening. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science degree from Cornell University, both in horticulture. Her writing and photography have encompassed a wide range of topics, culminating in eighteen books, including Reflections of the Spirit: Japanese Gardens in America. She has contributed to books, written newspaper and magazine articles, appeared on television, and served as a regional editor for the website of the National Gardening Association. Many of her books and articles feature her own photography. Based in Portland, Oregon, Amber Lotus Publishing is a carbon-negative independent publisher of mind-body-spirit themed , , , and . We create products that illuminate the sacred dimensions of everyday life — mindfulness, healthy lifestyles, and earth awareness. Sharing the diversity of world cultures and sacred traditions as well as the inspiration and beauty of the natural world is our passion. John Lander, originally from San Francisco, California, has spent half his life in Asia. Based in Kamakura and Kyoto, he has ample opportunities to capture local events, gardens in season, and Japanese life. Lander has a passion for Japanese festivals, hot springs, and local foods, but his first love has always been Japanese gardens. Naturally, he spends several months of the year in Kyoto, the unofficial headquarters for Japanese gardening.