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Resources for Japanese Gardening 日本の園芸

Japanese Gardening Organization


Sharing the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities and society.

Japanese Gardening Organization


Providing resources to foster the exchange of culture, knowledge, appreciation and application of Japanese gardening.

Japanese Gardening Organization


Striving for the highest level of accurate information and resources for Japanese gardening.

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What Does “Zen Garden” Refer To?

The karesansui 枯山水, or dry landscape garden is the most widely known and most celebrated of Japan’s gardening styles, and it invariably forms a part of the stereotypical image that most people associate with Zen Buddhism and the temples of Kyoto.  In essence, the dry landscape garden is a symbolic representation of mountains and water using rocks, sand, gravel, and moss.  Learn more in The Japanese Garden Handbook, Chapter 5: The Dry Landscape Garden.

Views of the magnificent kare-ike at Senshūkaku-teien (Kyū-Tokushima-jō-omote-goten-teien), Tokushima, Shikoku. (Photo by Andrew R. Deane)



October 11 - 12:  Renovation in Action: Japanese and American Collaboration in the South

Register now for NAJGA’s last 2019 Regional Workshop to join Japanese specialists in a garden called “one of the most original” in America.”* Hosted by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee, the event focuses on renovations to their Shomu-en (Pine Mist Garden) led by a Japanese gardening team sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MLIT). The two days feature contextual lectures, renovation observation, hands-on learning opportunities and a sketch workshop to re-envision sections of Shomu-en. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about Japanese gardens at the historic Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Observe Japanese and American collaboration in action. And enjoy the creative spirit of Nashville, music capital of America. (*Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America.)

For more information and registration, see https://najga.org/events/ .

For more events and opportunities, see

Japanese Gardening Organization’s CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Japanese Gardens in the News:


C-SPAN: The History of Portland Japanese Garden- 7:33

Posted by Portland Japanese Garden, February 12, 2019

Portland Japanese Garden CEO, Steve Bloom, discusses the history and mission of the Garden in the YouTube video below.




GardenSMART TV: Gibbs Garden- 27:22

Posted February 20, 2019

GardenSMART visits the spectacular Gibbs Gardens in Georgia where they discuss Fall in the garden with Jim Gibbs.  See more in the YouTube video below.



Momoyama Style Residential Garden – Rockport, Maine

  A private garden in Rockport, Maine was designed in a style favored by Japanese warlords of 16th century Japan (Momoyama Period). These amazing stones were discovered in the woods near the project.  Lee Schneller and her staff artfully arranged them to embrace this peaceful pond.  The owners are able to enjoy the view from inside their home, outside in a seating area, and from a second story deck.  See more photos of the garden and its construction here:

Momoyama Style Residential Garden.

Previous Feature:  The Japanese Garden of Terry Gerlach.


Chaji – Formal Tea Gathering

by Professor Elliot Mitchnick

A detailed, 5-part account of a formal Japanese tea ceremony by Elliot Mitchnick, who holds the rank of Junkyoju (Associate Professorship) of Urasenke, the 400 year old tradition of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.  The articles feature tea terms along with their kanji. In addition, most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.

“Our tea will be a standard tea called Shogochaji 正午茶事 , a noon tea. It is October.  The days are beginning to become colder and the leaves are starting to change.  The Host decides to host a formal tea… “

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JGO welcomes submissions of articles and essays for consideration.   Send to development@japanesegardening.org.

See also the article on a private Japanese garden under


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News & Events in Japanese Gardening Worldwide
Michael Roybal

Japanese Gardening Organization, Intl. would like to thank Board Member, Michael Roybal, for providing years of continuous Facebook posts on Japanese garden news, projects and events worldwide. Join the thousands in following JGO on Facebook and take advantage of Michael’s work to bring us interesting and beautiful Japanese gardening posts.

Complete Japanese Garden Handbook Online

The Japanese Garden Handbook
Andrew R. Deane

Members of Japanese Gardening Organization now have access to this complete encyclopedic work online.  For more information, please visit https://japanesegardening.org/handbook/register.  With 5 volumes, 48 chapters and thousands of pages, along with hundreds of high quality photographs in this work, a printed version was too costly.  This digital format keeps with the ultimate goal of a Japanese garden ‘WIKI’ - a dynamic and ever-evolving resource like no other.  With a WIKI format, we hope to see members submit additions to be considered.

Japanese Gardening Reference

Japanese toolsLearn how to tie a knot for bamboo fences, or decide what tools you need. JGO Reference section includes articles on theory, design and how-to’s on construction, plants, pruning, lanterns, stones, garden terminology and more.

Gardening Reference Library

Japanese Gardening Forums

Black pine care18,000 entries by over 1000 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.

The Forums

Events & Education

Bamboo fenceLearn how to work with bamboo, prune pines, or build a Japanese garden in events around the world in the events calendar and via discussions in the Japanese gardening forums.

Events Calendar

Japanese Garden Search

Japanese Garden SearchDiscover Japanese gardens on almost every continent in this comprehensive database.  Search by keywords to narrow your hunt.  Includes location, garden info, photos and more.

Japanese Garden Search

Japanese Garden Publications

Building a library or just researching how to build your dry landscape? Search books and publications on Japanese gardening here.  You can also find reviews on Japanese gardening books and purchase them with a percentage going to support JGO at no addition cost!

Publication Search

Japanese Garden Marketplace

Find Japanese garden tools, garden designers, contractors and suppliers in this resource.  Remember that by using these links and contractors, you are contributing to Japanese Gardening Organization and helping it grow.

Japanese Garden Marketplace

Special Sections

Chaji - A Formal Tea Ceremony

A wonderful five part series on the “Way of Tea” by Elliot Mitchnick, Associate Professor of Urasenke, the 400 year old tradition of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan is presented in Chaji, A Formal Tea Ceremony. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most tea terms with their kanji. In addition, most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)

Chaji - Formal Tea Ceremony

Ka-tei, Japanese Architecture, Japanese Garden

The essential relationship between architecture and garden is discussed in Ka-tei,  Japanese Architecture, Japanese Garden.  Japanese carpenter, Chris Hall, gives an overview of the relationships between house and garden in traditional Japanese residential architecture. (If you have Japanese enabled on your browser, you will see most terms with their kanji, and most terms have definitions available by holding your mouse over the word.)

Japanese Architecture-Japanese Garden

Sister City Garden Virtual Tour

A profile of a sister city garden, Kumamoto En Japanese Garden,  created in partnership with Japanese designers and craftsmen and US craftsmen. This is a detailed  walking tour with the names and descriptions of the garden features linked to definitions,  English, Romaji, and Kanji names as well.

Kumamoto-en, Sister City Garden

Doubt ...

Japanese garden designer, Mark Bourne, reflects on his experience as apprentice to a Master gardener in Kyoto in “DOUBT, Learning to see the Japanese Garden.

Doubt by Mark Bourne

US Japanese Gardens Tour

K.T. Cannon-Eger and husband Bill traveled by rail across the United States to visit dozens of Japanese Gardens. Follow their adventure in their blog U.S. Japanese Gardens

US Japanese Gardens Tour


The Japanese Gardening Organization (JGO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization spreading the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities, and society.  JGO provides educational resources to foster the exchange of culture, knowledge, appreciation and application of Japanese gardening, striving for the highest level of accurate information and resources for Japanese gardening. This organization is supported completely by donations. Your gifts are tax deductible.

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