Japanese Gardening Organization
Resources for Japanese Gardening 日本の園芸
Sharing the benefits of Japanese gardening for
individuals, groups, communities and society.
Striving for the highest level of accurate information and
resources for Japanese gardening.
The Japanese Gardening Organization
The Japanese Gardening Organization (JGO) is a multinational, non-profit organization spreading the benefits of Japanese gardening for individuals, groups, communities, and society. Our Goal is to promote the advancement of the knowledge, appreciation, and application of Japanese gardening through online resources and programs with roots in international resources and expertise.
Despite appearances, raking an expanse of gravel is not easy. It is physically demanding and it takes time. In “Pulling the Rake - A Practical Guide to Raking a Karesansui Garden“, the first of two articles by Andrew R. Deane and Martin McKellar, McKellar shares his practical knowledge, fully aware of its imperfections and limitations. His hope is that by doing so, a more thorough conversation in English about the pragmatic elements of dry landscape gardening can begin. In the second article, McKellar will share his responses to the many theoretical questions raised in the performance of his duties as custodian of the dry landscape garden at the Harn Museum.
JGO welcomes submissions of articles and essays for consideration. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Remarkable Invitation:
You are invited to join in a select group of people to participate in building a memorial Japanese Garden to commemorate victims of tsunami/earthquake of March 11, 2011 in Tohoku, Japan. The garden building project is organized by Japanese Garden Association as a 5 year program. You will receive training from traditional Japanese gardeners who supervise building. You will meet young Japanese gardeners from all around Japan as well. Find more information here.
Sukiya Living’s Kyoto Garden Tour
May 17 through 29, 2015 - Sukiya Living Magazine (Journal of Japanese Gardening) sponsors a walking tour of some of Kyoto’s beautiful gardens, neighborhoods, private homes, and spectacular restaurants. Focusing on the “Sukiya Living Environment,” the tour visits select homes, inns, restaurants, and public gardens that are of particular interest to Westerners who wish to study the tradition and perhaps create their own gardens back home. Participants will sample authentic Japanese cuisine, visit artists and craftsmen studios, and learn about traditional Japanese activities such as ikebana, calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. Contact Sukiya Living at 207-273-2907
Read reviews of Sukiya Living’s previous tours written by Japanese Gardening Organization members HERE.
Free e-book on Japanese gardening available in the JGO forum. starting with Guenter Nitshke!
K.T. Cannon-Eger and husband Bill are traveled by rail across the United States to visit dozens of Japanese Gardens. Follow their adventure in the blog U.S. Japanese Gardens
A great discovery by K.T. Cannon-Eger while on their journey through U.S. Japanese Gardens.
Events & EducationLearn 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.
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!
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.)
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.)
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 is linked to definitions, English, Romaji, and Kanji names as well.
Perspectives, Perceptions & Synthesis, Andrew R. Deane shares his thoughts on how to “see” a Japanese Garden.
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About Japanese Gardening Organization -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.