Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden

June 17, 2007 – January 6, 2008

Gardens were among the first forms of Japanese culture to gain popularity in the United States. Since their introduction to the American public at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Japanese-style gardens have profilerated across the country.

Landscaping America reveals the personal stories, historical journeys, creativity, and community processes that underlie the surface of the “Japanese garden.” This multimedia exhibition highlights how West Coast Japanese Americans drew upon their agricultural and ethnic backgrounds to carve out a viable vocational niche in gardening, and in the process, reinterpreted Japanese garden traditions, and contributed to the diversity of the American landscape.

Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden is made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: The Annenberg Foundation.

Generous support was also provided by The Aratani Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Boeing Company.

Public programs are sponsored, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and The Boeing Company. Media Sponsors: KKJZ-88.1FM, Los Angeles Downtown News, and The Rafu Shimpo.

Organizational partners include the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Pacific Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association, Southern California Gardeners’ Federation, California Garden and Landscape History Society, and the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Image credit: Hideo Wataguchi, Leimert Park neighborhood, Los Angeles California, 2007. Photograph by Shane Sato.

To learn more about this exhibition and its related programs and resources, please visit the Landscaping America exhibition site.

June 2007

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