Japanese Gardening Organization


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.


Japanese Gardening Organization, Intl. is happy to announce our merger with the North American Japanese Garden Association.   The two organizations have combined online resources now hosted at https://najga.org/.

If you have trouble finding a particular resource or section, please let us know by sending an email here.

Start With a Courtyard – 

If you are looking for a way to start your Japanese garden space, a courtyard garden may be the answer.  In ‘Chapter 8:  The Courtyard Garden‘ Andrew Deane discusses this popular Japanese garden.  This article is part of the online ‘Japanese Garden Handbook’ provided by Japanese Gardening Organization.

Japanese Gardening Reference

Japanese toolsLearn how to tie a knot for bamboo fences, or decide what tools you need. JGO Reference section (now hosted at https://najga.org/reference/ ) includes articles on theory, design, and how-to’s on construction, plants, pruning, lanterns, stones, garden terminology and more.

Gardening Reference Library

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

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

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