November 2015 

Japanese Gardens In Action 

Dear NAJGA Member / Friend,
The power of gardens to transform people was experienced again last month. At NAJGA’s East and South regional events in New York and North Carolina, more than 120 persons—pruners, curators, enthusiasts, historians, landscapers, landscape architects, and garden directors from America, Canada, and Japan—gathered to study pruning methods, tour gardens, hear lectures, and, most importantly, connect. In the words of one attendee in Durham, “I learned how to become a much better pruner, and I absorbed the history of Japanese gardens in the South. But, the best part was meeting these other people—and I am not a people person!”
DSCN4240 2To read about the lectures and tours in New York and the workshop and lectures at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which included the opening of the beautiful new Pine Clouds Mountain Stream Garden, explore the reactions by attendees Anita Royer and Emily Fronckowiak. Our gracious hosts, sponsors and presenters made possible these meetings.

(Right: In New York's Kykuit Japanese Garden with curator Cynthia Altman)

But it is our members—coming from near and far to deepen your knowledge of Japanese gardens in North America—who are assuring the evolution of the compelling forms and lessons of Japanese gardens.
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South regional event participants in Duke Garden's Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
Building on the momentum of these two events, and our equally successful Midwest regional led by John Powell in August, we are now focusing on our 2016 conference. There, in the healing embrace of South Florida and the transformative presence of 13-acre Morikami Japanese Garden (including a lake with alligators!), we will explore the power of Japanese gardens to create a better world. I invite you to join with us early next year as we open a new chapter in the history of Japanese gardens.
Hannah Carter Japanese Garden 2October also brought the good news that the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden has received a new “lease on life.” In an out of court settlement, UCLA agreed to sell the garden together with the adjacent house and with the condition that the buyer preserve the garden for at least 30 years. Now the task is to find a buyer who will again open the spectacular garden to the public. The incident demonstrates the pressing need to sustain gardens and activate them as integral parts of our society.

Ken Brown

2016 Conference Update

conference logo only ver. 2 3NAJGA’s third biennial conference, "Towards a Healthier World: Japanese Gardens as Places of Wellness and Transformation," is just over four months away. It will be held at the Morikami Museum and Garden in Delray Beach, Florida, on March 7th and 8th, 2016. On the 6th, we will have an optional tour of gardens and cultural institutions in the nearby Palm Beach area.
We are pleased to announce that we have chosen the Marriott Courtyard Boca Raton as the conference hotel, with very special conference rates. In November we will open “early bird” conference registration
and hotel reservations.
The conference committee has already received over two dozen presentation proposals from international specialists who explore Japanese gardens and gardening from many perspectives. The focus on how these gardens can transform individuals and societies will give the conference a powerful focus and immediate relevance. This convocation of the Japanese garden community will also feature workshops on the healing power of Japanese gardens through garden walks, garden design, and garden photography.

NAJGA Journal Now Online
2014 Journal CoverThe 2014-2015 NAJGA Journal may now be accessed online through the Members' Section of the NAJGA website. The 2013 inaugural issue of the Journal is already currently available in the website.  

Selected presentations from past NAJGA conferences and regional events will also be made accessible through the site on an ongoing basis.  Check out the 2012 Denver Conference presentation "By Flood, Pest Or Wind: Disaster Preparedness and Response for Japanese Gardens" by Ms. Kim Andrews, Executive Director of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and a NAJGA board member.   

LOG IN to the NAJGA website members' section
to access the journals and presentations.  

Print copies of the 2014-2015 Journal are still available at discounted rates for bulk purchases. $10 for members and $15 for the general public, with a minimum purchase of ten copies. E-mail:

Member Reviews: NAJGA In Minnesota,
New York and North Carolina

NAJGA members Anita Royer and Emily Fronckowiak share their experiences as participants in the three NAJGA regional events held this year.

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  "If you like Japanese gardens, if you like to rub elbows with fellow Japanese garden comrades and to learn more about America's historic and surprising Japanese gardening beginnings, you won't
want to miss the next one" - Anita

"The speakers were all different and I value the diverse teaching styles. Some practice their craft by following Japanese garden standards as done in Japan, and others are crafting an Americanized approach,
coined as 'aesthetic.'" - Emily


Lighting Up the Japanese Garden At Night

Hiroshi Kira

As darkness cloaks the garden earlier and stays later in autumn and winter, we catch up with NAJGA business member Hiroshi Kira of HK Lighting Group. From this lighting specialist, we can get some insights about extending our time spent in Japanese gardens through the discreet and appropriate use of evening lighting.


“It is our belief that the lighting design for a Japanese garden should not imitate the garden as it appears in daylight, but rather recreate the same harmony and subtlety as on a moonlit night. This will bring out the essence of a Japanese garden as if it were a stylized Japanese woodblock print,” Kira said.


Promoting the Art, Craft and Heart of Japanese gardens
in the USA and Canada. 
Japanese Water Basin
Online Auction

Here's an opportunity to add an authentic Japanese tea garden touch to your environment.

NAJGA is now accepting online bids through e-Bay for this vintage 
tsukubai from Japan dating from the Taishō / Shōwa period
(c. 1920' - 1940s).  


Crafted in a natural boulder style, the basin is made of hard granite and will make a wonderful focal point in
roji-style garden and other garden settings that aim for a rustic,
rough-hewn feel.

12"H x 19"W x 19"L 
Basin - 7.5" diameter / 4" deep

Deadline for online bids
is on November 12, 2015
at 6 AM, EST.  Free shipping within mainland USA.  

To view this item
on eBay and submit your bid,

Special thanks to our
generous donor:

Schneible Fine Arts

Support NAJGA


If you're a regular eBay user, you may help NAJGA in two ways: 
  • Sellers may add NAJGA as their favorite charity and donate a percentage of their sales to the association.
  • Both sellers  and buyers can make a direct donation to NAJGA through eBay/PayPal. 
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charity, click

Ronnit Bendavid  
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

John Bettice 
 Rockford, IL

Jeffrey Harris
 Asheville, NC 

Stan Hobbs
 Scotia, NY 

Steve Huddleston  
 Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Mike Miller 
 Four Rivers Cultural Center
& Museum

Stephen Morrell 
 John P. Humes
Japanese Stroll Garden

Nancy Schmidt  
 Mizumoto Japanese 
Stroll Garden

Madeline Ann Sutter  
 Oriental, NC 

Janice Stevenson  
 Courtenay, BC 

Michael & Michelle Styers   
 Charlotte, NC 

November 12
Anderson Japanese Gardens
in 2015: A Year In Review
- Mr. Tim Gruner

November 18
Japanese Garden Pruning 
and Maintenance Workshop 

Yume Japanese Gardens,
Tuczon, AZ

November 21
Bamboo Basket Making

Japanese Friendship Garden, 
San Diego, CA

November 28
Free Public Tour 
Kubota Garden, 
Seattle, WA

November 29
Holiday Origami Workshop 
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, 
Pasadena, CA

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