Bringing communities together in Japanese gardens to promote peace.

NAJGA Presents

Gardens for Peace 2021

Gardens for Peace Showcase  YouTube Premiere Schedule

Join us on YouTube on 
Tuesday, September 21st at 10am PDT

Click on this link to watch:

10:00-10:03 AM PDT Showcase Introduction
10:04-10:11 AM PDT University of Mary Washington
10:12-10:19AM PDT  Innisfree Garden
10:20-10:27 AM PDT Asian Rock Garden,Harn Museum of Art
10:28- 10:35 AM PDT Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
10:36-10:43 AM PDT Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
10:44 10:51 AM PDT Contemplation Garden at Oak Ridge        Peace Pavilion and International Friendship Bell
10:52- 10:59 AM PDT Japan House at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
11:00-11:07 AM PDT  Anderson Japanese Gardens
11:08- 11:15 AM PDT Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
11:16- 11:23 AM PDT Fort Worth Botanic Garden
11:24-11:31 AM PDT  Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix
11:32- 11:39 AM PDT Yume Japanese Garden of Tucson
11:40-11:47 AM PDT Manzanar


Gardens for Peace (G4P) is a new NAJGA project that brings communities together in Japanese gardens to promote peace. 14 North American gardens will participate in G4P’s inaugural year. Activities at participating gardens will take place around September 21st, International Day of Peace.


Follow along with us as we post regularly and share inside looks into the story of the project, explore Japanese gardens as conduits for peace, and spotlight our community involvement around peace efforts through G4P this year.


Through the warm inclusion of community organizations in this project, G4P aims to bring Japanese Gardens and local community members together to inspire inner peace by connecting with others working towards peace.


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. 

This year, G4P aims to expand the scope of P4P and encourage even more communities to explore Japanese arts and culture as well as Japanese aesthetics first hand. Through G4P, 14 Japanese Gardens will partner with a local organization to carry out an activity that provokes discussion and community involvement around peace efforts. 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.

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)

-Brooks-Rapp Garden (Rhode Island)

-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)

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

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