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 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.

Pushing The Line – A Theoretical Approach to Raking a Karesansui Garden


Daitokuji

“Daitokuji” copyright 2005 datigz and made available under an Attribution-Non-Commercial Share Alike Licence 2.0

Imagine that someone has wiped clean the pattern in the gravel at Ryoanji and handed you the rake with the instructions, “Make whatever pattern you think best.”  What pattern would you rake? What patterns wouldn’t you dare to rake, and why not? What would you do in this situation?

In Part II of the treatise on raking the sands of karesansui, Martin McKellar and Andrew R. Deane describe a journey of discovery, both personal and professional, in pursuit of understanding the meaning and methods of raking the sands of karesansui.

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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.

FOSTERING MATURE CULTURAL LANDSCAPES -

THE JAPANESE GARDENS IN NEW YORK

GARDEN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM & GARDEN TOUR

The Pocantico Center and the Japanese Garden at Kykuit Brooklyn Botanic Garden .  Innisfree Garden Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

 October 1 and 2, 2015 

 
   
 

With its tall buildings and “urban canyons,” New York may seem like the last place for Japanese gardens.  On the contrary, NYC and surrounding areas produced more Japanese gardens than almost any other part of North America.   Many of these gardens are long gone, but a few compelling and important historic gardens survive. 

Join the North American Japanese Garden Association in a two-day event that will reveal New York’s fascinating legacy in Japanese gardens and culture. We will survey the vanished gardens of long ago and more importantly, bring to the fore the histories and challenges of preserving and utilizing those gardens that still exist. 

Garden professionals, scholars and enthusiasts can glean some practical wisdom from these case studies of how mature private and public gardens, between 50 to 100 years old, are surviving and thriving. You will learn directly from the experience of the specialists who care for and manage these gardens. By diving into New York’s rich past, we can better understand the role of Japanese gardens in the future. 

For more information, see http://najga.org/New-York-2015. 

 

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.)

Chaji - Formal Tea Ceremony

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.)

Japanese Architecture-Japanese Garden

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

Kumamoto-en, Sister City 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.

Doubt by Mark Bourne

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

US Japanese Gardens Tour

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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.

Your donations are tax deductible.

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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