chaitanyak - thanks for the tip, I will try putting some simple goemetry in to test the shadows on the wall.
paco - yeah, I had been thinking of making the angle a little wider for a while, but the camera angle isn't final, I will play with it a little later on, it's like that know so when I do my test renders I have a good idea of the overall scene.
faceoff - yeah, well I thought of my concept without knowing very much in which category it fell, as I was not a great connaiseur of japenese and chinese gardens...and after doing a bit of research, I found that I had ideas that came from both...so I decided to create by own type of garden and just have fun with it and go ahead and create in it the elements that I wanted instead of trying to stay strickly with just one type.
So yeah, I went to the library on Friday to get some books for references and funny conincidence, I found the exact same book there from which juan scanned his photos! And I also found a couple other great books of both chinese and japanese gardens. Then yesterday I went out with my trusty digital camera up to the forest and got lots of great shots that I could use for textures. So with all that in hand, I will work a bit on my picture, and hopefully have another update for you guys soon!