2024 International Japanese Garden Conference

Staying on the Path

organized in partnership with our host:
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
March 5th-9th, 2024

When a person has the desire to learn and improve,
then he or she has already found a worthy master in his or her own heart.

The fees listed above are our early bird fees available until January 19th, 2024. Afterwards, the 3-day conference rate will increase by $100.

To register, click on the blue button above and complete the Google Form. The NAJGA office will then send you an invoice to process your conference fee. If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Rodriguez at info@najga.org or 503-222-1194. 

More Details about Add-On Programs

On March 5-6, the Hands-on Garden Training and the Intensive Introduction to Tea Ceremony will be held at the 7 acre home of Don and Akiko Meiners in Grand Prairie, Texas. Here are detailed descriptions of both activities as well as the Hands-on Garden Training in Weatherford, TX on March 9. 

Conference registrants who do not participate in the activities at the Meiners’ on March 6th can take part in  1/2 day programs that will be held at FWBG. These will include interpretation of Japanese gardens, master planning, public garden leadership, a private garden showcase. Final details about these 1/2 day programs will be available by early December.

Hands-on Garden Training


     Pre-Event Day & Day 1

To register for the hands-on garden training, participants must register for the 3-day conference registration and 3/5. 

A maximum of 60 participants will learn Japanese gardening techniques.  The format will be demonstrations by a skilled team of instructors, followed by opportunities for participants to practice what they have seen. Topics will include:

Stoneworking, to include stone setting with several types of equipment, types of rigging, gogan ishi style stone setting, using stone to shore up tsukiyama (man-made hills), nobedan (stone path) and how to make and use a tako (not the kind you eat).  For safety reasons, only experienced instructors will operate heavy equipment, and only participants with stone-handling experience will set very heavy stones.  Safety will be discussed and stressed.

Japanese carpentry, to include tools, blades, tool care, and joinery techniques.

Jobsite cleanup, a very important and frequently ignored topic, to include a discussion of tool care and storage.

Intensive Introduction to Tea Ceremony

    Pre-Event Day & Day 1

To register for the introduction to tea ceremony, participants can register for the 3-day conference OR 3/5.

A maximum of 20 participants per day will receive an all-day introduction to the tea ceremony, at a level rarely seen in North America.  The same program will be held each day.  Included will be a brief history of tea in Japan, tea etiquette, tea utensils, parts of the tea house, entering the tea house, roles of participants, tea meal, thick tea ceremony, and thin tea ceremony.

Workshop attendees who attend the Introduction to Tea Ceremony class on one day are encouraged to attend the Hands-on Garden Training on the other day.

Hands-on Training: Pine Pruning and Transplanting

            Post-Event Day

To register for this training, participants must register for the 3-day conference and 3/9. 



A maximum of 20 participants will learn about pine pruning and transplanting. This will include the Japanese root ball technique, moving trees, soil packing, and pruning of established and in progress trees.

Hotel Room Blocks

If you are participating in the activities at the Meiners’ on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, we recommend you book the Comfort Inn and Suites through Wednesday morning. 

We will offer transportation to/from the Comfort Inn & Suites and the Meiners’ on Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th. We will offer transportation to/from the Fairfield Inn & Suites and FWBG on Wednesday, March 6th, Thursday, March 7th, and Friday, March 8th. On March 9th, we will offer transportation to/from the Fairfield Inn & Suites and Weatherford and the Dallas area tour. 

Please see update above! 

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1010 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

To reserve a room, click below. 
Block rate: $179

To get to the Fairfield Inn & Suites from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, you can take the Trinity Metro TEXRail. The fee is $2.50. The Fort Worth Central Station is a short walk from the Fairfield Inn & Suites. 

Comfort Inn & Suites 
175 US 287 Frontage Road,
Mansfield, TX 76063

To reserve a room, call (817) 453-8848
Block rate: $94

Our Recommendation:

If you are participating in the programs at the Meiners’ on Tuesday or Wednesday, we highly recommend you stay at the Comfort Inn on Monday and Tuesday night. Then, move to the Fairfield on Wednesday. We will provide transportation from the Comfort Inn to the Meiners’ on both Tuesday and Wednesday. To facilitate your move to the Fairfield on Wednesday evening, we will have a storage area for your luggage at the Meiners’ throughout the day on Wednesday and then will drop you off at the Fairfield after Wednesday’s program.