The North American Japanese Gardens Association holds both National and Regional meetings and workshops to provide inclusive opportunities all over the continent.  This also allows gardens and institutions in different regions to participate and share resources.

September 28 – October 2, 2018  |  Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon



Japan’s Gift to the World: Japanese Gardens as Global Phenomenon

North American Japanese Garden Association  |  Garden Society of Japan  |  Portland Japanese Garden


For over 1,500 years, Japanese garden art has developed throughout Japan’s islands and then across six continents.  Join us for an international gathering of Japanese garden professionals, enthusiasts, academics and students to address our shared challenges in creating, adapting, renovating, maintaining and restoring Japanese gardens around the world.   This conference will explore:

  • relevance and functions of Japanese gardens in different settings throughout the world
  • training in technical skills and cultural context for gardeners
  • successes and issues in adapting to local conditions, restoration, and renovation
  • defining the identity of Japanese gardens in the 21st century
  • reaching new audiences

The conference will feature individual speakers and panels with simultaneous translation in Japanese and English as well as hands-on workshops in gardening skills.  Scholarships will be provided for up to 50 students and beginning practitioners.   Spend three days in vibrant downtown Portland with abundant museums, gardens, restaurants, shops, parks, and mass-transit.  Some events will also be held at the renowned Portland Japanese Garden.   Extend your stay to explore Oregon’s scenic wonders such as Willamette Valley wine country, Mt. Hood, Columbia Gorge, Oregon coast, and Cascade Mountains.