Normandale Japanese Garden to be featured in NAJGA Skills Workshop and Garden Tour

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The Normandale Community College Japanese Garden will be one of five Japanese Gardens featured as part the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) Skills Workshop and Garden Tour in the Twin Cities on August 7-8.

On Saturday, August 8, a bus tour will visit Normandale's Japanese Garden, Jo-Ryo-en (Garden of Quiet Listening) at Carleton College, and the Seisui Tei (Garden of Pure Water) at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Four distinct styles of Japanese gardens - hill and pond, dry landscape, stroll garden, and pleasure boating garden - will be examined in three Minnesota gardens adapted to the local climate through plant choice and design. Care of Japanese gardens will be covered. Guests will also be introduced to issues of garden care, and how gardens "care" for people when utilized for therapy and meditation.

The Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden will also host a workshop focused on teaching basic skills required of a Japanese gardener in constructing and maintaining a garden on Friday, August 7. It will also teach participants how to establish specific goals that enhance the presentation of a Japanese Garden.

After the workshop, participants will also have a rare opportunity to visit the private garden attached to the Ralph Rapson-design house in St. Paul, Minnesota. The house and garden provide a good example of sukiya living concept where Japanese Garden principles are applied in a residential setting and rooms are integrated with the garden.

The workshop will be led by Japanese garden expert John Powell, the first Westerner selected to train with the garden staff of the prestigious Adachi Museum of Art, widely acknowledged as having one of the world's best Japanese Gardens. Other garden experts from the region and across North America will assist.

This two-day event is also open to the general public. For more details and to register, visit the event website at or contact NAJGA at, or 503-222-1194.