1125 N. 3rd Avenue
Good day to all our friends and supporters! Thank you to everyone who made this season a beautiful success-- our guests, volunteers, staff, and everyone who has been involved. We would like to remind you that the Garden is now closed for the summer. We will reopen on October 1, 2013. Arigato and best wishes for a safe, happy, and fun summer!
Summer Solstice Celebration at Burton Barr Library
We hope everyone is enjoying the spring season! We invite you to visit us at the Burton Barr Central Library on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:30AM as we join their Summer Solstice Celebration and welcome summer to Arizona.
This event, hosted by the Phoenix Public Library Foundation and located on the Fifth Floor of the Burton Barr Central library, will include live music by Canyon Records recording artists Aaron White and Anthony Wakeman. Architect Wendell Burnette will speak about the unique building features that will create a unique visual effect at solar noon on the summer solstice. You can also get a sneak peak of the redesign of Margaret T. Hance Park in the Fourth Floor Lecture Room following the celebration's end.
For more information, please contact the Phoenix Public Library at phoenixpubliclibrary.org or call 602-262-4636.
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, named Ro Ho En is an authentic 3 1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. As you stroll the path, you will enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall, and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish.
One of the main attractions at the Japanese Friendship Garden is the Japanese Tea House.
3.5 total acres with a 5/8 acre Koi pond.
More than 50 varieties of plants including two varieties of bamboo.
Designers chose plant species that can withstand the rigors of a desert environment. 1,500 tons of rock handpicked from quarries near Jerome, Superior, Congress and Florence line the stream beds, walking paths, lake shore and main lake waterfall.
Landscape architects from Himeji, Japan made 60 trips to Phoenix and City of Phoenix delegations made five trips to Himeji since 1987. Overall, more than 50 architects from Himeji contributed to the project.
Construction Cost: $3.8 million by bond funds, $1.0 million by private donations.
The Name - Ro Ho En
The name – Ro Ho En is a combination of three Japanese words. Ro means Heron, a bird symbol of Himeji City. Shira Sagi Jou, or the White Heron, is a 300-year-old medieval castle in Himeji. Ho is the Japanese word for the city of mythical Phoenix bird. En means garden.
About Sister Cities
Himeji became a Phoenix Sister City in November 1976 and is one of nine Sister Cities around the globe. Phoenix and Himeji participate in business, governmental, cultural and educational exchanges that promote international goodwill and understanding. The Garden is the shared cultural vision of the cities of Phoenix and Himeji.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and our Sister City of Himeji, Japan.