Past Virtual Programs

Past Virtual Lectures 

*Recordings of most of these lectures are available to NAJGA members. If you are a member, click on “Login” in the top right corner of this page and you’ll be taken to the Member Website where you can access these recordings.

130 Years of Public Gardens
(14 part weekly webinar series) 

1.130 Years of Public Japanese Gardens in the United States: Series Introduction
Thursday, February 18th
Professors Makoto Suzuki & Kendall Brown 

2.Birth and Rebirth: From the Era of Oriental Exotica to the 21st Century
Thursday, February 25th 
Presenters: Robert Karr (Garden of the Phoenix)

3. Fostering First Generation Gardens: Growing After 100 Years 
Thursday, March 4th 
Phillip Bloom (The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens),
Shozo Kagoshima (Hakone Estate & Gardens), K.T. Cannon-Eger (Liliʻuokalani Gardens)

Book Talk with Professor Bonnie Clark
Wednesday, January 13th
Bonnie Clark, professor and curator for archaeology in the University of Denver’s Anthropology Department and NAJGA Board Member, recently completed a new book, Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache! Finding Solace in the Soil tells the largely unknown story of the gardens of Amache, the War Relocation Authority incarceration camp in Colorado. Combining physical evidence with oral histories and archival data and enriched by the personal photographs and memories of former Amache incarcerees, the book describes how gardeners cultivated community in confinement.

The Buzz on the Bees with Beekeeper Mari Jarvis, 
Thursday, November 12th
Bees are incredibly important. They pollinate most of our food while also beautifying our gardens and our world. We can learn many important lessons from bee societies- their interdependent nature reminds us about the importance of caring for the earth to maintain balance and harmony. In fact, there are many similarities to Japanese society! In this virtual lecture, beekeeper Mari Jarvis,  takes you on a deep dive into the hive to share the fascinating world of bees. Not only does she teach us about the biology and behavior of bees, she explains how you can care for the bees in your region and ensure your garden (whether public or private) is a hospitable environment for these wonderful and vital creatures. 

Moss 101 with Mossin’ Annie of Mountain Moss
Saturday, November 7th
Mossin’ Annie of Mountain Moss provided us with a wonderful introduction to moss. Moss can add year-round green appeal and offer a sense of antiquity and amazing ambiance that can be enjoyed through all seasons, even in cold winter months. In her lecture, Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, provided inspirational photographs; identified appropriate moss species for shade and sun locations; highlighted environmental benefits; and engaged participants with informative DIY moss gardening how-to tips. Mossin’ Annie is a nationally-recognized moss gardening expert and author. Her book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening, was published by Timber Press in 2015 and translated into Japanese in 2017. Martin owns Mountain Moss Enterprises in the mountains of western North Carolina where she cultivates “rescued” mosses at her Mossery and ships out LIVE mosses all around the country through her online Moss Shop. 

Restoring Kinship with Nature through Japanese Gardens-
New Biocultural Diversity Commons in Kanazawa City, Wed, Oct. 7th

In this lecture, Dr. Juan Pastor-Ivars discussed the spatial types of the Japanese traditional garden through three different but complementary spheres: philosophy, design, and ecology, giving examples located in Kanazawa City. He focused specifically on the gardens adjacent to Kanazawa city’s canals (canal water gardens) and those with natural sources of spring water (spring water gardens). These types of gardens show Kanazawa’s rich biocultural diversity; however, many are in danger as they have been abandoned due to the city’s aging population or are not well-maintained. Recently, there has been a movement to preserve, promote, and revitalize these unique gardens. Hundreds of people have now participated in expert seminars, special visits, and voluntary cleaning workshops to ensure these gardens do not disappear. Dr. Pastor-Ivars shared his research on these gardens and the movement to preserve them.

The Evolution of a Story: Time and Technology
in the History of the Japanese Tea Garden,
Thur Aug. 27

In the 1990s Professor Kendall Brown studied the tangled history of the Japanese Tea Garden (JTG) in San Francisco—the oldest public Japanese garden in North America. His research led to the article “Rashômon: The Multiple Histories of the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park.” Decades later JTG Gardener, Steven Pitsenbarger, has continued this research. Steven has uncovered exciting pieces that add to this story using both traditional and new digital research methods. In this lecture, Professor Brown and Steven Pitsenbarger discussed the evolution of the JTG’s history as well as research methods applicable to any garden. They also shared their research using many historical photos and examined how understanding this garden’s history contributes to it’s operation today and, more broadly, how history contributes to sustaining gardens now.

Poetry and the Japanese Garden, Thur. July 23

In this lecture, Dr. Seiko Goto lectured on Japanese poetry and its relationship to Japanese gardens, comparing the relationship between poetry and English gardens. 

Stroll for Well-Being- Part I, Wed. June 17 

In this webinar, participants learned about the Morikami Museum & Japanese Garden’s “Stroll for Well-Being” program. This program, the oldest of its type among NAJGA members, is now in its 12th year and utilizes therapeutic walks in the garden to promote participant well-being. It is research based and highly effective. Speakers: Dr. Ruth McCaffrey, Dr. Patricia Liehr, Carolina Gaviria and Diane Garland. 

Stroll for Well-Being- Part II, Wed. June 24 

In this informational webinar on Morikami’s “Stroll for Well-Being” program, Wendy Lo, Curator of Education, discussed the program’s logistics, budget, and fundraising effort