Past: Our Roots
After the Wold Exposition
From 1914 through 1954, the Japanese Tea Garden remained the same until it was dismantled to make room for the Children's Zoo.
The Garden Today
Our deeply rooted history has carried us forward to the Japanese Friendship Garden we know today. Key citizens of San Diego invested their time and efforts to rebuild the Tea House. Lovers of the beauties of past ages regretted the passing of the Japanese Tea House and garden in Balboa Park. The San Diego citizens rejoiced over the opening in August 1990, of the first phase of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego. The second phase of improvements to the existing 2.5 acres was completed in 1999. The third and final phase is set to be complete by 2015 for the Centennial Celebration of Balboa Park as a gift to the City of San Diego. This phase is comprised of 9 additional acres, which include a 200 Cherry Tree Grove, large Azalea and Camellia Garden, Tea & Herb Garden, Children's Garden and Tea Pavilion with an outdoor amphitheater. A portion of the canyon expansion will be open to the public by August 2013.
Today, the Japanese Friendship Garden is visited by close to 100,000 people every year from all over United States and around the world. Legacies have helped in all stages of our development from the earliest days. It is our responsibility to continue to build upon this legacy and continue to promote friendship among diverse cultures.
The Garden’s expansion project will be our gift to the citizens of San Diego as we continue to provide the community with educational programs to foster better understanding of Japanese culture and horticulture.