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14,000 entries by 700 Japanese Gardening enthusiasts around the world. The Japanese Garden Forum discussion boards include history, design & construction, maintenance, plants, stone, water, bamboo fences, structures, and more.

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The forum hosts a calendar of Japanese gardening events such as workshops, exhibits, tours, seminars and related celebrations. Japanese Gardening Calendar..

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A list of Japanese gardening books, tools, & related items recommended & reviewed by the members of the Japanese Gardening Forum. Each listing ncludes links to purchase from Amazon.com.

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Sukiya Living's Kyoto Garden Tour

May 17 through 29, 2015 - Sukiya Living Magazine (Journal of Japanese Gardening) sponsors a walking tour of some of Kyoto's beautiful gardens, neighborhoods, private homes, and spectacular restaurants. Focusing on the "Sukiya Living Environment," the tour visits select homes, inns, restaurants, and public gardens that are of particular interest to Westerners who wish to study the tradition and perhaps create their own gardens back home. Partipants will sample authentic Japanese cuisine, visit artists and craftsmen's studios, and learn about traditional Japanese activities such as ikebana, calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. Contact Sukiya Living at 207-273-2907

A Remarkable Invitation:

You are invited to join in a select group of people to participate in building a memorial Japanese Garden to commemorate victims of tsunami/earthquake of March 11, 2011 in Tohoku, Japan. The garden building project is organized by Japanese Garden Association as a 5 year program. You will receive training from traditional Japanese gardeners who supervise building. You will meet young Japanese gardeners from all around Japan as well. Find more information here.

Karesansui - Lessons in Sand

Karesansui raked sand garden

Despite appearances, raking an expanse of gravel is not easy. It is physically demanding and it takes time. In "Pulling the Rake - A Practical Guide to Raking a Karesansui Garden", the first of two articles by Andrew R. Deane and Martin McKellar, McKellar shares his practical knowledge, fully aware of its imperfections and limitations. His hope is that by doing so, a more thorough conversation in English about the pragmatic elements of dry landscape gardening can begin. In the second article, McKellar will share his responses to the many theoretical questions raised in the performance of his duties as custodian of the dry landscape garden at the Harn Museum.

Designing With Rock

An interesting Facebook gallery featuring the use of stones in Japanese gardens and other creative constructions. Coutesy of Koichi Kobayashi, Affiliate Professor, University of Washington; Kobayashi & Associates, Inc.

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Japanese Gardening Reference

Learn how to tie a knot for a bamboo fence, or which tools you should get first. Some of the topics covered:

Garden/Architecture Fencing
Garden Tools Plants & Pruning
Lanterns & Stones Garden Terms

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Free e-books on Japanese gardening available in the JGO forum. starting with Guenter Nitshke!

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