NAJGA’s Virtual Programs

NAJGA is dedicated to supporting and connecting the Japanese garden community in North America including public garden staff and volunteers, garden designers and builders as well as garden enthusiasts.  Since April, we’ve held a variety of virtual discussions for member groups. Beginning in June, we will include lectures and demonstrations in our virtual offerings. Please see the list below to learn about upcoming programs. To participate, simply click on the program you’re interested in to be taken to the Zoom registration page.  

Above: Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California (Photo by Bob Craig)

NAJGA’s Upcoming Virtual Programs

Moss 101
with Mossin’ Annie of Mountain Moss

Saturday, November 7th
9:00 AM PDT

To register click here. 

Would you like to add year-round green appeal to your Japanese garden? Mosses offer a sense of antiquity and amazing ambiance that can be enjoyed through all seasons, even in cold winter months. If you have been wondering how to successfully grow mosses in your landscape, then join us on Saturday, November 7th at 9:00 AM PDT/12:00 PM EDT to discover how these ancient miniature plants can enhance the beauty of your garden.

Our speaker, Annie Martin, aka Mossin’ Annie, will provide inspirational photographs; identify appropriate moss species for shade and sun locations; highlight environmental benefits; and engage participants with informative DIY moss gardening how-to tips. You’ll gain new perspectives and basic knowledge needed to begin your own moss gardening journey.  

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. 

The Buzz on the Bees
with Beekeeper Mari Jarvis
Thursday, November 12th
 4:30 PM PST*

Join us to learn about the biology, behavior and magic of bees!  

To register click here

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, will take you on a deep dive into the hive and share the fascinating world of bees. Not only will you learn about the biology and behavior of bees, you’ll also learn 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. 

*This lecture will begin at 5PM PDT, but we’ll have an informal meet-and-greet from 4:30pm-5:00pm PDT. Come and introduce yourself and get to know others in the Japanese garden community. After the lecture, we’ll end with a Q & A with Mari.

Upcoming Virtual Discussions

All of NAJGA’s Virtual Discussions seek to build community among member groups. These discussions have an open and informal format- participants have the opportunity to share successes, ask questions and seek advice from their colleagues. All are scheduled to last 1 hour. 

If you have questions you’d like to see addressed during the discussion in which you will participate, please email Marisa at

Virtual Discussion for Home Gardeners
Tuesday, November 17 at 2PM PDT
Virtual Discussion For Professional/Business Members
Wednesday, November 4th at 3PM PDT
Virtual Discussions for Staff/Volunteers of Public Gardens
Wednesday, November 4th at 9:30 AM PDT
Thursday, November 5th at 9:00 AM PDT
Monday, November 9th at 9:30 AM PDT
Tuesday, November 10th at 9:30 AM PDT
Thursday, November 12th at 9:30 AM PDT 
Tuesday, November 17th at 9:30 AM PDT
Thursday, November 18th at 2pm PDT