Guide stones or sign posts were originally used to direct travelers when they came to a fork in the road. Like lanterns they were introduced into the garden by ancient tea masters. Guide stones, which can serve as a replacement for a stone lantern, are usually placed in an open part of the park or at the fork in a path to guide visitors through the garden. Plant low growing shrubbery around the base to create a natural appearance and an atmosphere of quiet taste and elegant simplicity. The text, if present, is read vertically, from the top down. Guide stones are measured from the bottom of the shaft, where the carving begins, to the top of the roof. 
Measuring Guide




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