Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden Volunteer Workday

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Join us for JASGA's 13th, annual community service and friends of Taniguchi Japanese Garden on Sunday, June 6 at 10:00am-12:00pm for our workday in Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden. We need your help to keep Austin's authentic, beautiful Japanese garden clean and lively.

Wearing face mask is recommended.  Wear closed toed shoes, a sunhat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Small tools and disposable work gloves are available for all voluntees.

Last year, we worked the garden in October and December and the number of volunteers are limted to 10. There is still a restriction for the number of volunteers, but we can have upto 25 volunteers on June 6th this year!  If adult volunteers have not been vaccinated, we'd like to ask that you remain safe for everyones. 

Let's meet at Ten-Wa-Jin (天和人: Heaven-Harmony-People) Teahouse in front of the Lotus Pond in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden at 10:00am!

For all students, you will receive two volunteer credits from us (JASGA) and ZBG. Please bring the volunteer credit paper provided by your school.

Some of volunteers will have a chance to get a designer mask from Japan Foundation or Sanrio character mask (for kids) from Kinokuniya!

When: Sunday, June 6 at 10:00am - noon

Please sign up for the volunteer (email & names only) or just send your participation to this year. Thank you for your cooperation!

Volunteer parking directions
Enter the normal botanical garden entrance on Barton Springs Rd. Follow the driveway around - pass the main building and then you will see another small building that has bathrooms, and then you will see a few orange cones. Take a right at the orange cones and drive down the dirt path. On the left, you will see some areas where you can park. There is an old trailer in that area that is commonly called the "Bev Shed".

Thank you and see you all at Taniguchi Japanese Garden on Sunday, June 6 @10:00am. 

                                              (Isamu Taniguchi and the Dancing Princess lotus plants.)
In Fall 2019, JASGA's 13th Japan Fall Festival (Aki Matsuri) celebrated Isamu Tanuguch Japanese Garden 50 years at Zilker Botanical Garden!

Taniguchi Japanese Garden was open to the public in 1969, the Garden was built by Isamu Taniguchi when he was 70 years old. Working without a salary or a contract, Mr.Taniguchi spent 18 months transforming 3 acres of rugged caliche hillside into a peaceful garden. As is often done in Japan, the ponds were designed in the shape of a word or ideogram. In this case, the ponds in the first half of the garden spell out the word "AUSTIN", reflecting the fact that these gardens were constructed as a gift to the city. The remains of the Mother Tree, which inspired Mr.Taniguchi to complete his building of the garden, overlooks the pond." (