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Some Japanese gardens in the USA and Canada have been in existence for over a century. A few have achieved levels of excellence comparable to the best gardens in Japan itself. All have contributed to universalizing Japanese gardens as the embodiment of an active aspiration for a kinder, healthier world.  

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THIS GARDEN MAP

  • Magnify map view to the city / town level. Some of the gardens listed here are found in the same cities and even in neighboring zip codes. In a zoomed out map view, there may be garden map points that are partially or fully obscured by neighboring garden map points. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised if you find another garden very near to your chosen garden destination!     
  • Know the special name of a garden (if any). When applicable, the specific Japanese, English or person-inspired name of a garden is used to identify a garden. This is particularly important to know if a Japanese garden is part of a bigger destination such as a botanical garden, arboretum, university, museum or commercial complex. If a garden has both a person-inspired and a Japanese / English name (e.g. Elizabeth Hubert Mallott Garden/ Sansho-en at the Chicago Botanic Garden), the person-inspired name is used first. For Japanese gardens with no specific names, the name of the destination hosting it is used as identifier. Unless they have a special name, sister city friendship gardens are identified by the Japanese city and North American city (in that order) who are part of the sister-city agreement.   

 

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