NAJGA seeks to ensure the sustainability, enduring value and social impact of Japanese
gardens in North America for generations to come.
NAJGA is a Japanese garden resource center through information sharing and
networking opportunities, professional training and development, public education,
conferences and symposia, research and scholarly activity.
NAJGA is the ambassador (ambassadress) of Japanese gardens in North America. It’s a
growing network of individuals, organizations and businesses.
NAJGA activities include the publication of a bi-monthly e-newsletter, an annual journal,
and regional workshops focusing on design theory, application, construction,
maintenance and hands on training.
NAJGA also organize a biennial conference. Our 2018 conference hosted by the
Portland Japanese Garden drew close to 350 participants. Due to the coronavirus
pandemic, the 2020 NAJGA conference titled “Adaptability and Resilience:
Sustainability in Japanese Gardens” which was scheduled to take place from October 15th
to 17th at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego is postponed to the fall of 2021
(dates to be determined). The conference will focus on how and why Japanese gardens
are such effective models of adaptability and resilience. It will feature lectures,
roundtable discussions and hands on workshop.
Currently, NAJGA has about 300 members across the US, Canada and overseas. It is run
by a volunteer board of 16 and an executive committee that have established partnerships
with the Garden Society of Japan ( Nihon Teien Kyokai ), with the academic society of
Japanese Gardens ( in Japan ) and with the Japanese garden Society of Great Britain.
NAJGA is also allied with Japanesegardening.org and with Sukiya living , the journal of
NAJGA supports itself and its activities through membership dues, earned income from
events, grants, sponsorships and donations.
NAJGA’s roots date back to 2009 when the International conference on Japanese
Gardens Outside Japan was held at California State University, Long Beach or CSULB.
This conference brought to light the need to form an organization that would help sustain
Japanese gardens in North America.
As a result of the efforts of a group of leaders from the Japanese garden field and with the
financial support from the Japanese foundation the North American Japanese garden
initiative (NAJGI) was launched in 2010. In 2011, NAJGA was formally established as a
501 c(3) non-profit organization with input from over 200 Japanese garden professionals
including designers, landscapers, garden curators, administrators, academics, craftsmen