August 2016 

Preserving Heritage in the Garden 

Dear NAJGA Member / Friend,

All of our gardens, new or old, are standard bearers to the public, and our histories, designs, and cultures give regional, national, and international context to our visitors and other stakeholders and must be preserved and interpreted. Heritage conservation is an important concern for all Japanese gardens and NAJGA’s two 2016 regional events reflect this theme.
In September, our Alberta regional event, celebrating the forthcoming 50-year anniversary of the Nikka Yuko Garden, will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about a preservation and heritage study undertaken with leading conservation experts. As a “Canadian garden in the Japanese-style,” borne out of merging Japanese and Canadian cultures, this garden’s important legacy includes a unique pride of place that represents the natural environment of southern Alberta and addresses horticultural challenges, both of which will be addressed by experts during the three-day conference.      


Architectural preservation is central to the Philadelphia regional event at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden this October. Participants will get an inside look at the work of upholding the rigorous standards of traditional Japanese design set by architect Junzo Yoshimura. They will see and experience preservation in action in this two-day event which includes a garden architecture tour in upstate New York and a day-long workshop including a demonstration of Shofuso’s roof restoration project and hands-on condition reporting.    
As a chief advocate for preserving the heritage of Japanese gardens in US and Canada, NAJGA is also in the process of developing a program to provide a “legacy grant” program to support member gardens’ conservation efforts while also helping NAJGA to broaden its geographical reach and better serve its members. Mature public gardens can benefit now from historic garden preservation, and newer gardens will one day need to address their historic legacies. NAJGA stands ready to provide resources and knowledge.


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Kim Andrews 

 Alberta Conference To Feature Event 
for the Blind & Partially Sighted    

Can Japanese gardens also empower individuals with physical limitations? The answer is "yes." A charity walk and musical celebration organized by the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) on the evening of September 16 will be a part of the three-day conference at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, AB from September 16 to 18. Alberta-based Japanese garden professional and NAJGA member Edzard Teubert will also have a lecture touching on designing gardens for the senses and enabling individuals with lesser command of their visual faculties to enjoy the garden.     

Registration is now open for this regional conference which focuses on the adaptability of Japanese gardens, as practiced in places with challenging winter climates such as Southern Alberta.

Click HERE for more details and to register.  
 NAJGA Conference in Shofuso to Synergize 
With 2 Design Events in Philadelphia  

The NAJGA regional event at Philadelphia's Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on October 7 and 8 is shaping up to be a rare treat for lovers of Japanese design and architecture inside and outside the garden.  Participants also get the option to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the bigger Philadelphia design scene, which will be at its busiest and most vibrant in the second and third week of October.  

The legacy of revered Japanese modernist architect Junzo Yoshimura will be the focus of the two-day NAJGA event through a garden architecture tour and heritage conservation workshop. Known for designing "subtle, intimate spaces that employ traditional Japanese materials and techniques while exploring modernist principles," Yoshimura also speaks to the current fascination with restorative environments as he is known for his great concern for the well-being of the people who occupy his designed spaces.  

Also happening on the same week, between October 6 and 16th, is the 2016 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the oldest open source design event of its kind in the US, and the Docomomo US Tour Day 2016 on October 8. Docomomo is a non-profit that promotes the study, interpretation and protection of the architecture, landscape and urban design of the Modern movement.  Participants to the NAJGA regional event can then make the most of their time in the Philly area with these two other design events to look forward to during their visit.  

Registration will be announced soon for this NAJGA regional event
in Philadelphia. 
A Photographic Journey In the Garden
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                                            Photo: Cody Fong

NAJGA board member Cody Fong is an Alberta-based garden professional who has the rare privilege of being able to photograph a Japanese garden in its many moods, from different angles, and through the different seasons and times of the day.  Despite challenges of climate and environment, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in Lethbridge, Alberta always puts its best face forward to reflect the versatility of the Japanese garden aesthetic. 

See more of the garden through Cody's eyes in this slideshow.   



Promoting the Art, Craft and Heart of Japanese gardens
in the USA and Canada. 
2017 NAJGA Journal:
Call for Submissions 

The Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association welcomes original articles on the horticulture, human culture and business culture of Japanese gardens in the United States and Canada. Submissions relating to history, design / construction / maintenance, services and programming, management and administration, health and wellness are also welcome. 

All articles will be subject to the review of the Journal editorial board.

Submission guidelines:  
‚ÄčAuthors are encouraged to contact the Editor regarding detailed NAJGA guide to style, formatting, illustration and copyright requirements before preparing an article. The minimum - maximum number of words is between 500 - 3,000 words. 

The manuscript should include a cover sheet with the author's name, mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone. Please include a biographical statement of no more than three sentences.

The manuscript should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx, not a .pdf). Images meant to accompany the article should be submitted as separate and high-resolution digital files (at least 1 MB file size and in Jpeg format). Please do not insert the images into the manuscript file, except to indicate where the images should be placed among the paragraphs.  

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Contact: Brian Pendleton Ph.D, Editor at  


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2016 NAJGA Journal

The next issue of the Journal of the North American Japanese Garden Association is coming soon. The Journal is a benefit of NAJGA membership and is free to members. To order additional copies, e-mail

$16.00 - Member price for an additional copy. 
$18.95 - Non-member price.
$23.95 - International price.

Prices include postage. 

New Members!

Mary Helen Butler
Memphis Botanic Garden

William Dunn
Broken Arrow, OK

David Vance
Hudson, QC


Special Thanks to:

Bentwood Tree Farm
Boring, OR

Kamo Spaceworks, Ltd.
Surrey, BC

Minka Woodworks, Inc. 
Ojai, CA

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
Freestone, CA

Shin-ka LLC
Chatsworth, CA

The Koi Whisperer Sanctuary and Japanese Gardens
Saint Charles, IL

Tsuchiya Landscape Gardening, Inc.
Hiroshima City, Japan

WTR Corporation 
Honolulu, HI


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