By Amber Lotus
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 calendars, coloring books, greeting cards, and journals. 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.