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What is the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park?

The Japanese Garden in Hermann Park was created by American business owners and Japanese businesses who were granted grants from many foundations. The City of Houston then donated the land and offered their help with construction.

History :

In May 2017, the Japanese Garden, a popular spot in Hermann Park, turned 25 years old. Over the years, the Garden began to turn into a Texas-style garden and threatened to lose its Japanese nature.

 The beautification of the Garden began in 2007 under the annual guidance of a team of designers and landscapers from Japan and will continue throughout the jubilee year. 

The Japanese team, led by famed landscape architect Terunobu Nakai until he died in 2011, has been visiting the Garden every year since 2007 to realize the original concepts of Japanese landscape architect Ken Nakajima. Since then, park gardeners have followed suit, trimming Japanese-style shrubs and trees, installing bamboo fences, planting appropriate trees and shrubs, and remodelling gravel paths. 

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To continue repairs, the City of Houston provided funds to repair it, with additional funds raised by the Conservation Society. In honour of the Garden’s 25th anniversary, the Nature Conservancy and the Japanese Garden Advisory Committee sought to complete a major renovation to enhance its beauty and make it more accessible. 

The new west entrance gate features traditional Japanese design and is located on the garden side of Fannin Street, leading to Rice University and the Hermann Park/Rice U METRORail station. Create an event lawn for cultural groups wishing to use the Garden to raise funds for its conservation.    

The ‘Dry’ Garden with Stream (Karesansui), designed by Japanese landscape architect Terunobu Nakai, located just outside the western gate, welcomes visitors and sets the tone for their visit. New service and storage area to enhance the efficiency of Parks, Conservation and gardening volunteers. Replacing the fence around the perimeter of the Garden and overhauling the roof of the entrance gate building, the tea 

 The Garden was designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Ken Nakajima. Natural materials such as stone, wood, and plants create a sense of serenity.   

The Japanese Garden features a tea house and winding paths through the lush gardens. On October 19, 2012, 20 cherry trees were planted in the Garden to commemorate Japan’s original gift of cherry trees to the United States in 1912. The Japanese Garden is open daily for your enjoyment and without entry.   

How to reach the Japanese Garden?

The entrance to the Japanese Garden is near the Pioneer Memorial Obelisk, near Molly Ann Smith Square, near the heart of the park. The nearest car park is Lot A, located just outside the Sam Houston Monument circle. 

To get to the Japanese Garden from Lot A, follow the decayed granite path along with the Jones Reflection Pool under the doubletree avenue, and you will see the entrance next to the obelisk square.    

See our interactive map for more information. For more information on the history of Japanese Gardens, click here to visit the Houston Department of Parks and Recreation page. For information on Japanese garden plants, click here. 

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