Bringing communities together in Japanese gardens to promote peace.

NAJGA Presents

Gardens for Peace 2022

Gardens For Peace 2022

Participating Gardens:


-Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego (San Diego, California)

-Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, MI)

-Asian Rock Garden at Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL)

-Contemplation Garden at Oak Ridge Peace Pavilion and International Friendship Bell (Oak Ridge, TN)

-Manzanar National Historic Site (Independence, CA)

-Japan House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)

-Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford, IL)

-Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)

-University of Mary Washington's Zen Garden (Fredericksburg, VA)

-Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Fort Worth, TX)

-Yume Japanese Garden of Tucson (Tucson, AZ)

-Innisfree Garden (Millbrook, NY)
-Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)

-Descanso Gardens (La Canada Flintridge, CA)

-Gresham Japanese Garden (Gresham, OR)

-Japanese Garden at the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum of Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)

-Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (Long Beach, CA)

-Seattle Japanese Garden (Seattle, WA)

-Japanese Tea Garden of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

-Normandale Japanese Garden (Bloomington, MN)

-Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (Lethbridge, AB)

-Marian University's Japanese Garden (Indianapolis, IN)

-Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden (North Salem, NY)

-Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, IL)


and 11 private gardens- including gardens in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Ontario and Spain!

*Please visit the websites of our participating gardens by clicking on their names. 

G4P Is For Peace

Gardens for Peace (G4P) is a NAJGA project that brings communities together in Japanese gardens to promote peace. 14 North American gardens participated in G4P’s inaugural year in 2021. This year activities at participating gardens will take place during the month of August, the designated International Peace Month.


Join the G4P project to use your garden as a conduit for peace, and involve the community around you! Apply here.

G4P Is For Community

Through the warm inclusion of community organizations in this project, the North American Japanese Garden Association aims to bring Japanese Gardens and local community members together through G4P to inspire inner peace by connecting with others around us who are working towards peace.

G4P Is For Exploration

G4P’s precursor, Patterns for Peace, brought together five karesansui gardens in 2020. The gardens raked a peace pattern designed by Hiroshima-based artist, Toshiko Tanaka, a peace activist and A-bomb survivor. Her pattern represents "heiwa", or peace in Japanese. 

G4P exists to encourage the exploration of Japanese arts and culture firsthand through the common theme of promoting peace, a long-time thread in Japanese Gardens historically. This year, NAJGA aims to continue expanding the scope of our project and encourage even more gardens and communities to explore Japanese arts and culture for the purpose of peace together. 

Join us on September 21st via Zoom for 

Gardens for Peace Community Dialogue -
Exchanging ideas and celebrating contributions around G4P.

During the Zoom, NAJGA will share interviews that highlight each of G4P's four values: peace, community, exploration, and Japanese aesthetics as well as footage from this year's participating gardens. Join us via Zoom. Register here. 

You can also join NAJGA in
pulling the rake for peace!

See information under "How can I participate?"

What is Gardens for Peace?

Gardens for Peace (G4P) is an annual NAJGA event. It brings communities together in Japanese gardens, both public and private, to promote peace. A peace pattern is raked into dry gardens to promote peace and involve the community. Gardens that do not have a dry garden can still join in by using the pattern in other creative ways! 

How can I participate?

Participation is easy! To join us, select an activity and complete the application here.


All G4P activities take place during the month of August, the International Peace Month. We ask gardens to share their projects via photo or video footage for a culminating event held via Zoom on September 21st, 2022- the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

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and supporting community exploration, connection, and peace efforts below!

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