About Us

JGSFounded in 1993, the Japanese Garden Society brings together people interested in the gardens of Japan and Japanese gardens in the UK.

The Society welcomes amateurs and professionals, garden lovers and garden designers who are interested in Japanese gardens and who wish to share their interests with other like-minded people.

We are a national Society with regional groups around the UK providing local events, meetings, talks etc

Our aim

In April 2011 The Japanese Garden Society became a registered charity with the following principal aim: –

“To advance the education of the public in the conservation, cultivation and propagation of Japanese Gardens through study, meetings, publications, lectures, shows, displays and visits to gardens. “

Members’ interests

Members’ interests range from wanting to build a Japanese-style garden to wishing to study the history and culture of the Japanese garden tradition to visiting gardens in this country and Japan. Others have a wider interest in all aspects of Japanese culture. Mostly our members just like the aesthetics of Japanese gardens, and if you do too, why not consider joining us to share your interest?

Regional groups

Many of our activities are organized regionally around the UK. For more information on each regional group follow the links below. We currently have regional groups as follows:

External relations

As the Society has become more established, links with other Japan-related organisations have developed and continue to develop. These include the Embassy of Japan in London, the Japan Society in London and several regional Japan Societies and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC).  We also now have links to the North American Japanese Garden Association  http://www.najga.org

We are seen as an authority on Japanese gardens in the UK.