As a part of the Garden's mission, we are dedicated to providing educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures. The Garden values this committment and takes every opportunity to foster connections with the public.
The Study Center
Seminars for both the amateur and professional gardener are held with faculty that includes internationally prominent masters from Japan and the United States.
Cultural Classes A broad range of classes and workshops representing a variety of arts and crafts as well as Japanese conversation and cuisine are offered for children and adult
Cuyamaca College / Department of Horticulture
"Japanese Garden Design and Maintenance Techniques" is an accredited academic course initiated as a joint effort in 2002 with the Garden and Cuyamaca College, Department of Horticulture.
The program is designed to bring a practical approach integrating the philosophy of the Japanese culture to the western lifestyle and mind set through the context of a Japanese influenced garden setting. Meditation, yoga and wellness seminar are offered throughout the year.
Summer Camp Program
The Garden participates in the Balboa Park Summer Camp Program.
The Japanese Friendship Garden visits various San Diego City schools and provides Japanese cultural classes
Girl Scout Program
The Girl Scouts of San Diego Imperial Council, Inc., in collaboration with the Garden developed a craft program to fulfill badge requirements
Exhibitions and Demonstrations
The displays in the Garden’s Exhibit House emphasize traditional Japanese arts and crafts, both historical and contemporary. Tea ceremony demonstrations are held twice a month by masters from different schools. A koto player often performs at the Exhibit Hall. Exhibitions and demonstrations are held by various schools of Ikebana. In addition the JFGSD celebrates annual festivals serving authentic Japanese food and entertainment.