To learn more about Japanese gardens, how to add a Japanese touch to your own garden or how to design and build a garden, you will find everything you need at the JGS:
- Talks on Japanese gardens are held at various locations around the country
- Visits to gardens at various locations around the country
- Practical workshops on aspects of building or maintaining a Japanese garden
- Practical involvement in maintaining or, from time to time, constructing gardens
- At all the above you can talk to other members and learn from their experience and knowledge
- Join the Society and receive our informative high quality journal, Shakkei.
- Purchase our booklet ‘Visions of Paradise’ which gives information about styles of gardens and various aspects of their design as well as identifying the location of some of the best gardens.
We aim to make all our events interesting and sociable affairs where people with shared interests can meet, learn and have fun in a friendly environment. Generally the meetings are held at regional level. Members of the public are welcome to join us at any event subject to prior arrangement with the region organising the event, and payment of any fees applicable. Contact details for each event appear on our What’s On Page.
Across the regions we hold around 30 meetings each year, some of which are workshops or lectures on specialist subject areas related to Japanese gardens. Occasional practical workshops are held covering such things as pruning techniques and bamboo fence construction.
Recent examples are:
Yorkshire & Humber: one day workshop on gardens of Japan by Professor Fukuhara from Osaka University
North West: Lecture on the history of the garden at Tatton Park by Sam Youd, Head Gardener.
South East: Lecture and demonstration of pruning techniques by Jake Hobson of Niwaki.
At national level we hold one major meeting a year which includes several talks from specialists and experts. The meetings have included talks by Professor Wybe Kuitert of Seoul University, Dr Jill Raggett from Writtle College, Robert Ketchell, an experienced garden designer and constructor and past Chairman of the JGS, Graham Hardman, retired designer and past Chairman of the Society and Dr Stephen Turnbull of Leeds University.
Each year is based on a different theme associated with Japanese gardens.