THE VISION - “A kinder, healthier and more beautiful world through Japanese gardens.“
The North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization founded in 2011 by leading Japanese gardens in USA and Canada. Our members are based in different parts of North America and overseas, and include garden institutions, professional societies, businesses and individuals with either a professional or a personal interest in the field of Japanese gardens.
OUR MISSION –
NAJGA seeks to ensure the sustainability, enduring value and social impact of Japanese gardens in North America for generations to come through the following:
- Information sharing and networking opportunities
- Professional training and development
- Public education, conferences and symposia
- Research and scholarly activity
- Advocacy and public relations
KEY OPERATING PRINCIPLES –
- 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 and 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.
THE BEGINNING –
An initiative supported by the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership, US-Japan Foundation, and spearheaded by Portland Japanese Garden and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach included representatives of ten leading gardens. Meeting first at the Phoenix Japanese Garden in the winter of 2010 and later at the Japanese Garden of Denver Botanic Garden, this leadership group consulted on issues of mutual concern and identified key operating principles.
Regional meetings throughout the US and Canada as well as meetings in Japan involved more than 200 participants who contributed to the organizational plan for the association. The NAJGA board represents the diversity of the field.