Public Projects & Research

2004chelseaPlan1Promoting interest in Japanese Garden Culture

We are involved in several public garden projects around the country, participate in public shows and events and we have a high quality touring exhibition about Japanese gardens. Our involvement in shows allows us to showcase Society activities, recruit new members and provide JGS members with a chance to be on the ‘inside’ of a major Show.

Garden design and construction

Several gardens have been designed and constructed by JGS members. > JGS gardens

Gardens with JGS involvement

Society members get involved in working parties to assist in the maintenance of several gardens in public places around the UK e.g Walkden Gardens, Hammersmith park.  > Gardens we help maintain

Garden shows and Japan days

Members work together to prepare and man display stands at major Garden Shows, including the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. We also participate in Japan days around the country. Being involved in such events is always interesting as members see the show from the inside, not just as a visitor.

The JGS exhibition – ‘Visions of Paradise’

In 2010 the JGS created a major, high-quality travelling exhibition about Japanese gardens in the UK. It has been exhibited at several major venues so far and is currently touring the country.

A highly regarded booklet containing all the exhibition material is available for sale. > See Merchandise

Public lectures

From time to time JGS is asked to provide expert speakers for public lectures. Such lectures have been given at SISJAC (the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures) in Norwich, the Japan Society in London and the Japan Society North West.


Research on Japanese Gardens

Some members often work together on research projects.

We have completed creating an English language index into the massive 35 volume survey of Gardens in Japan completed by Mirei Shigemori in the 1960s. This is held at the Lisa Sainsbury Library at SISJAC (the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures) in Norwich.  We have also created an on-line library of photographs of gardens throughout Japan, which is available at This library will continue to grow.