Japanese Gardening Organization

Resources for Japanese Gardening 日本の園芸

Sharing the benefits of Japanese gardening for
individuals, groups, communities and society.

Providing 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.

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.

Karesansui – Lessons in Sand

 

Karesansui

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.

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JGO welcomes submissions of articles and essays for consideration.   Send to development@japanesegardening.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.


New in the Forum:

Free e-book on Japanese gardening available in the JGO forum. starting with Guenter Nitshke!


U.S. Japanese Gardens Tour

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


Imahara Botanical Gardens

A great discovery by K.T. Cannon-Eger while on their journey through U.S. Japanese Gardens.

Japanese Gardening Reference

Japanese toolsLearn how to tie a knot for bamboo fences, or decide what tools you need. JGO Reference section includes articles on theory, design and how-to’s on construction, plants, pruning, lanterns, stones, garden terminology and more.

 

Gardening Reference Library

Japanese Gardening Forums

Black pine care15,000 entries by 800 Japanese Gardening enthusiasts around the world. The Japanese Garden Forum discussion boards include history, design & construction, maintenance, plants, stone, water, bamboo fences, structures, and more.

 

The Forums

Events & Education

Bamboo fenceLearn 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.

 

Events Calendar

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

Japanese Garden Marketplace

Find Japanese garden tools, garden designers, contractors and suppliers in this resource.  Remember that by using these links and contractors, you are contributing to Japanese Gardening Organization and helping it grow.

 

Japanese Garden Marketplace

 

 

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.)

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.)

 

 

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 is linked to definitions,  English, Romaji, and Kanji names as well.

Kumamoto-en, Sister City Garden

Japanese Gardens - Notes on Perspectives, Perceptions & Synthesis

In his article, Japanese Gardens: Notes on
Perspectives, Perceptions & Synthesis
, Andrew R. Deane shares his thoughts on how to “see” a Japanese 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.

 

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

 

Number of forum members

Forum topics

Forum posts

Number of Contributors

Wow –  impressive number of people interested in Japanese Gardening.  So many questions, answers and ideas happen here through literally thousands of conversations!  Where else you would find this conversation?  But this last number - the only ones paying the bill –  is a little worrying.  There are no huge corporate sponsors, only us.  Please help bump this number up.  JGO is 100% non-profit and every dollar goes to development and sustaining the resources.

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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.

 

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