The Japanese Garden
Join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Japanese Garden on Thursday, September 29 at 10 am.
We have a long way to go and need your help!
Please consider sponsoring an item in the garden, or making a general donation which will continue to help us build our 2-acre, world-class Japanese Garden.
Scroll down to learn more about Sponsorship opportunities in the Japanese Garden.
Thank you for helping us complete the $500,000 Graeser Family match campaign in 2022. Reaching our first goal allows us to start the Japanese Garden!
about the designer
The son of renowned traditional Japanese landscape designer, Kinsaku Nakane, Shiro Nakane has been following in his father’s footsteps since becoming president of Nakane Garden Research and Landscape Consultant Firm in 1995.
Having received his first lessons in the Art of Japanese gardening as a young boy, he continues to apply traditional techniques and aesthetics with a modern perspective as a landscape designer.
“The apparent admiration and esteem enjoyed by the Japanese garden throughout the world is presumably attributable to the recognition of its universal artistic merits, which transcend all racial, religious, and cultural differences.”
General Sponsorship Opportunities
Tea House – Chashitsu #10
The chashitsu is made of wood, and designed to harmonize with the surrounding garden.
Pond – Shinji-ike #7
The pond is fed by the waterfall and streams and will be stocked with koi.
The South (Main) Gate #1
The main entrance to the garden. It will include the ticket booth.
Summer House – Yokaze #12
The stream will flow under the summer house so guests can sit in it with their feet in the stream
Mountain Stream – Keiryū
This stream starts at the base of the waterfall and gently bubbles over varying rock levels before emptying into the Small Pond.
Arched Bridge – Soribashi #18
A distinct red-orange color, the arched bridge is probably the most representative feature of a Japanese garden.
The stream symbolizes eternal renewal and the flow of time, and flows throughout the Japanese Garden into the large pond.
From the deck of the Tea House you will be able to experience the full moon reflected in the Large Pond, and feed the resident Koi fish.
Small Pond – Niwa Ike
This pond sits under the Zig-Zig Bridge and hosts a beautiful collection of Japanese Iris.
Dry landscape gardens represent water surfaces and wave motions through sand patterns.
Spring Lawn – Haru no shibafu
This open space lawn boasts blooming Spring flowers, including the Cherry Tree Promenade.
Separate from the Spring Lawn, this open area is most beautiful with the Fall colors of Japanese Maple and other trees.
Japanese Iris Collection – Ayame
A water-loving iris native to Japan, the purple and blue colors of the early summer blooms relay messages of wisdom, honor, hope and faith. Each flower is large, broad and refined in form and comprises the main horticultural feature along the zig-zag bridge.
Colony of Aquatic Plants – Suisei shokubutsu
Aquatic plants are essential to a pond’s ecosystem. They are important for the koi in the pond as they turn nutrients from the water and soil into plant matter eaten by the koi. In addition, these plants provide shelter and shade for the koi.
Waterfall – Taki #4
A great source of beauty in Japanese gardens, waterfalls contribute to the expression of nature and the soundscape.
Zig-Zag Bridge – Yatsuhashi #19
Zig-zag bridges encourage those who cross to slow down, watch their step, and take in the present.
Cherry Tree Promenade – Sakura #15
The Japanese Cherry Tree represents the fleeting nature of existence and the need to live in the present.
Tea Garden – Roji #11
Tea gardens call to mind a stroll through a forest path, a quiet place where everyday concerns are forgotten for a moment.
Autumn Grassland – Aki No Sogen #16
Grasses continue to flourish across multiple seasons, even after flowers are long gone, evoking a hint of sadness at the passing of the year.
Island in the Pond/Lake (2) – Kojima #8
$50,000 each SPONSORED
Tsuru and Kame, the crane and the tortoise
Small Tea Garden – Roji
On the east side of the Tea House sits a small tea garden modeled after the larger Tea Garden, but is fully accessible to all guests.
Pebble Beach #9
Smooth dark stones represent the foam of an ocean, and provide a stark contrast to the surrounding greenery.
Stone Bridge (2) – Ishibashi #20
$25,000 each SPONSORED
When taking a meditative stroll through the garden, the bridge prompts us to shed worldly concerns and be fully present in the beautiful garden.
In Stream Stepping Stones #21
Natural stones will create a stepping stone pathway to connect the walkways in the garden. This stone pathway will be located on the east side of the garden, and will go directly over the stream.
Large Scale Pruned Shrubs – Okarikomi #24
Pruned shrubs are a signature look of Japanese gardens. Often representative of rolling hills, these elements add depth, structure and a sense of fullness to the garden. This practice dates back to the mid-16th century, but the style and aesthetic is, undoubtedly, much older.
Bamboo Grove #25
Seated adjacent to the tea house and the pond, the bamboo grove provides an area of interest in the Japanese Garden. Bamboo symbolize firmness, dignity, courage and elegance in Japanese culture.
Natural limestone pieces will be used to create seating throughout the Japanese garden.
GRAESER FAMILY Bonsai Garden
The Bonsai Garden has been designed to balance the traditional design of the adjacent Japanese Garden and the surrounding contemporary design of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, weaving in design aspects from both spaces. The intent is to create a truly unique garden that celebrates the individuality of each bonsai while also creating an experience that is distinctive to the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The space is divided into two areas, a winding path with small garden rooms for rest, reflection and contemplation about the artful bonsai, and a larger plaza that can be used for educational and social gatherings. The garden also includes a Bonsai House for protecting the trees during winter, daily tree manicuring, and as a space for novices to learn from bonsai experts.
GRAESER FAMILY BONSAI GARDEN SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Sponsored by the Graeser family, the Bonsai Garden will house the WBG collection in all seasons, providing an opportunity for a unique experience with these unusual trees.
Bonsai Display Plaza
The Plaza features an open, paved gathering area with roughly a dozen of the larger bonsai trees and will be used for various events including bonsai competitions. It is located adjacent to the Bonsai House.
Bonsai House SPONSORED
Sponsored by Joe and Debbie Graviss, this 2,000 square foot building will be used for bonsai education classes and will serve as the venue for daily tree manicuring. This facility will protect the trees during the colder months.
Bonsai Garden Room #1
The largest of the four rooms, this area will provide a private space of reflection for immersive interaction with the bonsai.
Bonsai Garden Rooms #2, 3, & 4
These natural rooms allow visitors to rest, reflect, and experience a more intimate encounter with the bonsai.
This beautiful, winding path will take you on a bonsai journey through the various rooms in the garden.