This viewing and strolling garden, opened in 1915, was designed by Takeo Shiota, whose ambition was to create “a garden more beautiful than all others in the world.” More than a century later, it remains a testament to Americans’ enduring appreciation of Japanese gardens. Read More >
For more than 100 years, Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been home to iconic Japanese horticultural collections and cultural programs. The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, designed by Takeo Shiota in 1915, was the first Japanese garden in an American public botanic garden, and today it remains one of the finest examples of its kind outside Japan. This extraordinary and beloved place is one of the most visited sites at the Garden and has inspired millions of visitors across generations. It was the first of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's world-renowned Japanese collections, which also include the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, a flowering cherry collection of more than 200 ornamental Prunus trees, and the Japanese tree peony collection—a gift from the town of Yatsuka-Cho, in Shimane Prefecture.
Japanese Collections at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. It is a blend of the ancient hill-and-pond style and the more recent stroll-garden style, in which various landscape features are gradually revealed along winding paths. Learn More >
Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Friends of Japanese Collections at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Friends of Japanese Collections and Programs at BBG are dedicated partners who support the care and broad sharing of BBG’s significant collections and the programs that celebrate them. Join this new group of devoted stewards (PDF). >
The Freeman Foundation
Japanese Chamber for Commerce and Industry
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal