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2018 International Japanese Garden Conference

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Discover fresh new interpretations of an ancient art form at “Japan’s Gift to the World: Japanese Gardens as Global Phenomenon.”

We’re celebrating the more than 1,500 years of history of the Japanese garden with an international conference here in Portland, Oregon. Be a part of the conversation with garden leaders, authors, researchers, designers, practitioners, and government representatives from Japan, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Canada, France, the U.S., the U.K., Spain, and Russia about:

  • The contemporary and international meanings of Japanese gardens
  • Approaches for cultural and technical education for gardens outside Japan
  • Adaptation, restoration, and preservation approaches that keep gardens sustainable and vital
  • Japanese gardens in the context of ecologically-sensitive design

The conference is organized by the North American Japanese Garden Society and hosted by the Portland Japanese Garden. Co-presenters are the Garden Society of Japan, the Japanese Garden Society of the U.K., and the Japanese Garden Society of Denmark.

Full registration information will be available in late May at

Conference Registration Fees

  • 3 Day, Early Bird, Non-member: $525*
  • 3 Day, Early Bird, Member: $425
  • 3 Day, Regular, Non-member:  $595
  • 3 Day, Regular, Member: $525
  • 3 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Presenters (Member and Non-Member): $325
  • 1 Day, Regular(No Early Bird Available), Member: $190
  • 1 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Non-Member: $215
  • 1 Day, Regular (No Early Bird Available), Students (with Valid current ID): $75

Registration will open in late May and Early Bird pricing will run for the first two months registration is open.

*Member in all cases denotes NAJGA or Portland Japanese Garden Members

Additional, Optional Costs:

  • Welcome Banquet at Hilton Hotel (9/29) – TBD
  • Evening reception at Portland Japanese Garden (9/30) – TBD
  • Pre-conference tour** of Hoichi Kurisu’s Willamette Valley landscapes (9/28 – $85
  • Post-conference tour** of iconic Portland public gardens and landscapes (10/2) – $50
  • Guaranteed rate at the Hilton Downtown Portland – $219/night
  • Hands-on half-day intermediate-level bamboo workshop at the Portland Japanese Garden (9/27) – TBD

Scholarship Opportunity (View Japanese Translation)

The Portland Japanese Garden will be providing a limited number of scholarships to help offset costs for conference attendees. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.  Scholarships will be awarded in the form of travel stipends and/or complimentary conference registrations. Stipends of up to $1,000 for candidates outside of North America, and up to $350 for domestic candidates, may be requested.

Priority is given to:

  • Students with current school registration
  • Interns currently at public gardens (with letter of support from supervisor)
  • Entry-level garden professionals (with letter of support from supervisor)
  • First-time attendees to a NAJGA event

To inquire about how to apply, please email Kristin Faurest at [email protected].

*Conference registration fee covers all Conference sessions, transportation to off-site Conference venues, lunch on three days, coffee and tea during the day, and free admission to the Portland Japanese Garden during the Conference.

**Pre and post-conference tours include transportation, lunch, and all admission fees.


For additional information about the conference, contact [email protected]

To learn more about this gathering of Japanese gardens from around the world, email Kristin Faurest, Director, International Japanese Garden Training Center at [email protected].


Spend three days in vibrant downtown Portland with abundant museums, gardens, restaurants, shops, parks, and mass-transit, and also spend time in the Portland Japanese Garden.  Consider extending your stay to explore Oregon’s scenic wonders such as Willamette Valley wine country, Mt. Hood, Columbia Gorge, Oregon coast, and the Cascade Mountains.