Virtual Programs

Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California (Photo by Bob Craig)

NAJGA is dedicated to supporting and connecting the Japanese garden community in North America including public garden staff and volunteers, garden designers and builders as well as garden enthusiasts.  Since April, we’ve held a variety of virtual discussions for member groups. Beginning in June, we will include lectures and demonstrations in our virtual offerings. Please see the list below to learn about upcoming programs. To participate, simply click on the program you’re interested in to be taken to the Zoom registration page.  


Upcoming Virtual Lectures

The Evolution of a Story: Time and Technology
in the History of the Japanese Tea Garden
Thursday, August 27th at 4:30pm PDT 

In the 1990s Professor Kendall Brown studied the tangled history of the Japanese Tea Garden (JTG) in San Francisco—the oldest public Japanese garden in North America. His research led to the article “Rashômon: The Multiple Histories of the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park.” Decades later JTG Gardener, Steven Pitsenbarger, has continued this research. Steven has uncovered exciting pieces that add to this story using both traditional and new digital research methods.

Join us on Thursday, August 27th to learn about the evolution of the JTG’s history as well as research methods applicable to any garden. Professor Brown and Steven Pitsenbarger will discuss their research using many historical photos. They will also examine how understanding this garden’s history contributes to it’s operation today and, more broadly, how history contributes to sustaining gardens now.

We’ll begin the evening with a virtual cocktail hour from 4:30pm-5:00pm. Come and introduce yourself and get to know others in the Japanese garden community. The lecture will begin at 5:00pm PDT. Then, we’ll end with a Q & A with Professor Brown and Steven Pitsenbarger. 

Upcoming Virtual Discussions

For Public Garden Staff & Volunteers

Tues., Aug. 4th, 9:30 AM PDT
Thur., Aug. 6th, 9:30 AM PDT
Tues., Aug. 11th, 9:30 AM PDT
Thur., Aug. 13th, 9:30 AM PDT
Tues., Aug. 18th, 9:30 AM PDT
Thur., Aug. 20th, 9:30 AM PDT
Thurs., Aug. 20th, 12:00 PM PDT
Tues., Aug. 25th, 9:00 AM PDT

Past Virtual Lectures

Poetry and the Japanese Garden, Thur. July 23rd 
We will begin the evening with a meet-and-greet virtual cocktail hour from 4:30 PM- 5:00PM. Come and introduce yourself and get to know others in the Japanese garden community. Then, at 5:00pm our webinar will officially begin. We are honored to have Dr. Seiko Goto lecture on Japanese poetry and its relationship to Japanese gardens, comparing the relationship between poetry and English gardens. Dr. Goto is Professor at the School of Environmental Science at Nagasaki University where her teaching includes various topics on Japanese gardens. She has published extensively on the subject and is an academic expert on Japanese garden history and the healing effects of its design. Register now for this unique opportunity. 

Stroll for Well-Being- Part I, Wed. June 17   
Are you interested in developing a program that utilizes therapeutic walks in your garden to promote participant well-being? Join this webinar and learn about Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens’s “Stroll for Well-being.” This program, the oldest of its type among NAJGA members, is now in its 12th year. It is research based and highly effective.

Speakers: Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, Dr. Patricia Liehr, Carolina Gaviria and Diane Garland. Dr. Ruth McCaffrey and Dr. Patricia Liehr were both professors at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at the time this program came to fruition. They were actively involved in the initial research study that led to the development of the program and were active facilitators. Carolina Gaviria and Diane Garland have been involved in the program as facilitators for the last three years. A Q&A with the speakers will follow their brief presentations about the program.  

Stroll for Well-Being- Part II, Wed. June 24 
In this informational webinar on Morikami’s “Stroll for Well-Being” program, join Wendy Lo, Curator of Education, to learn how the program is run. Wendy will discuss the program’s logistics, budget, and fundraising efforts.