Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Chicago Botanic Garden

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, California State University, Long Beach

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix

Japanese Tea Garden
San Francisco, California

Montreal Botanical Garden

Shinzen Friendship Garden
Fresno, California

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
Pasadena, California

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson

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Messages from the Japanese Garden Community
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The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens was excited to welcome our dedicated Japanese Garden volunteers back to Birmingham Botanical Gardens earlier this month in preparation for the Gardens’ reopening on Monday, June 15. This hardworking team of 10–12 volunteers resumed their Tuesday morning volunteer schedule and wasted no time diving into tasks such as weeding, sweeping, and pruning the 7.5-acre garden that, for them and many others, embodies the promise of continual renewal.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is happy to be welcoming visitors soon!

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is now open! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Greetings from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. We hope everyone remains healthy as we all work towards providing a place of solace and light for those returning from isolation during this pandemic and quarantine.

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco looks forward to welcoming visitors back in the near future! Our team is working hard to maintain the garden’s beauty.

Greetings from Seattle! We are happy to say the garden has remained open almost every day this year as a place for calm and respite. Hope for health and well-being for all!. –Kubota Garden Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation

Despite the fact that the gardener’s team came back six weeks later to start the season we are getting ready to open the garden to the public Monday June the 15th. Usually spring time attracts a lot of visitors. It was very strange to be alone in the garden. So quiet, peaceful, nature had regain its territory. More than ever I felt that there is beauty in silence and emptiness. – Montreal Botanical Garden

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is thrilled to be welcoming visitors back to the garden beginning June 28th

The Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson looks forward to welcoming visitors in the future! In the meantime, our volunteer team is working hard to maintain the garden’s beauty.

Kubota Garden, Seattle, Washington
Kato Memorial Garden in Fremont, California
Kato Memorial Garden in Fremont, California

We invite you to visit the Kato Memorial Garden to enjoy the peace and serenity of our small garden and the surrounding 4-acre historic park. The garden is located within the Shinn Historical Park & Arboretum in Fremont, California. The Shinn family purchased the property in 1856. In the 1870s, the family ran a nursery and imported plants for their nursery business from Japan, China, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere. Heritage trees include: ginkgo, magnolia, Moreton Bay fig, a Chilean bellota, cork oaks, olives, oranges. Two massive Chilean wine palms stand guard over the Japanese garden that was created in 1983 in memory of the Japanese Americans who lived in the area. Landscape architect, Mai Kitazawa Arbegast, designed the garden and it was installed by friends and family of George Kato. Surrounding the garden is a hedge of ‘Flying Dragon’ citrus that effectively protects the garden. Three ‘Garnet’ maples replaced a 120-year-old maple that was lost in 1994. We hope you will enjoy your visit. The Kato Memorial Garden is maintained through the collaboration of these groups: The Friends of Heirloom Flowers garden club, the City of Fremont, and the aesthetic pruning class at Merritt College. The park is open dawn to dusk every day of the year. It is free. A parking lot is inside the park and parking is available on side streets. There are some roads that are paved. Currently no events are planned due to the pandemic. During normal times and if you are traveling from afar, you will want to check with the City of Fremont to make sure that the park has not been rented for an event on a weekend. We don’t want you to be disappointed. Call 510-790-5541 to see if the park is open for visitors.