Message From the Board President
Gardens are magical places. They connect us to nature, to ourselves, and to each other. At NAJGA’s Midwest regional workshop, “It’s All in the Details,” 45 guests and 15 NAJGA facilitators, under the dynamic leadership of John Powell, connected to learn new skills and create a nobedan path at Como Park’s magnificent Ordway Japanese Garden. We then toured four more compelling public and private gardens with talks by gardens designers, patrons and curators. Be sure to read the reports by NAJGA members Marcia Meggs and Scott Solomonson to learn how and why this event, and by extension the forthcoming programs listed below, are so valuable to garden enthusiasts and garden professionals.
August 7 Workshop Participants in Como Park, St. Paul, MN
The next opportunity to connect is at our East regional meeting, “Fostering Mature Cultural Landscapes,” in New York on October 1st and 2nd. We thank The Pocantico Center and Rockefeller Brothers Fund for hosting us on Thursday. And we deeply appreciate Scholten Japanese Art as a sponsor of the Friday tour, and for suggesting that the art of Japanese gardens can also be enjoyed through Japanese landscape prints and paintings.
Dear NAJGA Friend / Member,
NAJGA is pleased to announce that we have opened registration for our final 2016 regional, “Branching Out in the South,” at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC on October 22nd and 23rd.
These regional events gather Japanese garden enthusiasts and professionals so you can learn from each other, share your experiences, and make connections. They also build momentum for our 2016 international conference, which we will announce very soon.
Please plan on making an early March trip to somewhere warm and lovely.
After the Twin Cities workshop, I dined with several of the participants, both now working to create and maintain Japanese gardens in the Midwest. I asked how they entered the field and heard two wonderful responses. The first said that in 2009, curious about Japanese gardens but knowing no one, he attended the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan in Long Beach. There he met someone who introduced him to John Powell, who invited him to create gardens together. The next person told a similar tale: with curiosity but no connections, he went to the 2010 conference in San Diego where he met a garden maker who offered him a job in Japan. Indeed, gardens—and garden events—offer us opportunities to be inspired and restored, and to connect with people who share our passion. That is magical.
Transportation & Hotel Update
"Fostering Mature Cultural Landscapes:
The Japanese Gardens Of New York"
Symposium & Garden Tour
October 1-2, 2015
The Pocantico Center and the Japanese Garden at Kykuit
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Innisfree Garden
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
On October 1 (Thursday), NAJGA will provide transportation from mid-town Manhattan to The Pocantico Center/Kykuit and back. Details on place and time of pick-up will follow closer to the date.
Because of the many hotel options in New York City, NAJGA is not offering a preferred hotel, but encourages out-of-towners to stay somewhere that allows direct access to mid-town on Thursday morning, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (reached easily by subway) on Friday morning.
Registration for the October 1 symposium is limited to 30 participants so reserve your slot now!
Online Registration Now Available
"Branching Out In the South"
Pruning Small Trees & Shrubs
In the Japanese Tradition
October 22-23, 2015
The event will feature two days of in-depth pruning workshops and lectures led by nationally recognized experts in the field. It will also mark the public opening of Pine Clouds Mountain Stream 松雲渓、, the new Japanese garden in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens with a pre-workshop reception on October 21.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
Durham, North Carolina
This auspicious occasion also includes a private garden visit, garden history lecture and open forum for regional garden professionals. Finally , visitors have a unique opportunity to sample some great Southern fare in a garden setting through an optional farm-to-fork dinner.
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Learning About Japanese Gardens in Minnesota
"It was great to learn from instructors who are some of the most skilled artisans in their field...," writes long-time NAJGA member Dr. Marcia Meggs of Olympia Fields, Illinois about her participation in the recently concluded NAJGA regional event in Minnesota.
She also relished the "invaluable learning experience" of finally visiting a garden she had only seen in a video before and gaining insights on garden maintenance and upkeep.
Creating A Nobedan In A Day
NAJGA member and Minnesota workshop facilitator Scott Solomonson
writes about the challenge and excitement of completing a nobedan
and tobi ishi
project in one day for the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden
in St. Paul, MN.
"It was a true group effort and everyone seems to be enjoying the challenge...Going through the frustrations and victories together was a real learning experience."
Scott writes about the nobedan-making portion of the workshop.
Scott (left) with fellow workshop facilitators
Hiro Kamoshita and Nick Esthus.
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Moon Viewing Festival
Seattle Japanese Garden
Clark Park, Philadelphia, PA
Sounds of Antiquity - Gagaku
Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden
Stroll For Wellbeing
The Bloedel Reserve
Bainbridge Island, WA
Japanese Bamboo &
The World Expo:
A Century of Discovery
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego, CA
The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Tea For All Nations Exhibition
In Memory of Bro. Joseph Keenan Ph.D., FSC
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Member Introduction to Sake
Hosted by Portland
Union / Pine, Portland, OR
- January 3, 2016
Tradition and Innovation:
Japanese Ceramics Now
Frederick Meijer Gardens
& Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, MI
Kubota Garden Foundation
26th Annual Meeting
Kubota Garden, Seattle, WA
Moon Viewing Tea
Sarah P. Duke Gardens,
Fall Bamboo Festival
University of North Florida
Tea Ceremony Classes
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego, CA
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Hakone Estate & Gardens,
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