This initiative will be guided by three principles identified through consultations with the emerging field of Japanese Gardens in North America:

  • To acknowledge the diversity of the field that includes professional public garden managers, gardeners, designers, contractors, independent business owners, academics, students, cultural arts practitioners and individuals affiliated with public gardens including board members or others with a passion for the art form.

  • To appreciate the essential grassroots nature of the field through a decentralized organizational approach that recognizes regional requirements.

  • To respect existing North American perspectives while fostering greater connectivity and exchange with Japanese expertise through an affiliation with our Japanese Consortium Partners.