Garden Etiquette

A Japanese garden is a concentration of natural beauty, instilled within the confines of an enclosed space. It is not a "park" in our western sense, but rather where visitors may quietly reflect and seek harmony with the natural world and within themselves, a tradition that is centuries old. The Garden Etiquette outlines ways you can honor and respect the traditions of the Japanese Garden.


  • Please stay on the path at all times.

  • No unauthorized photography (see photography page.)

  • Please do not climb trees, rocks or enter waterfall areas.

  • To maintain the quiet and serenity of the garden, please refrain from using loud voices and shouting. Running is prohibited.

  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are prohibited in the garden.

  • Please silence all cell phones and other electronic devices.

  • Please leave food and beverages (except water) outside the garden.

  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

  • The Japanese Friendship Garden is a non-smoking environment.

  • Please do not throw anything, including coins, into the pond or other watercourse (except purchased koi food).

  • The Japanese Friendship Garden reserves the right to ask a visitor to leave for inappropriate or offensive behavior. Visitors will be held liable for any damage to the Garden property.


The Japanese Friendship Garden is a place of meditation and contemplation, so walk slowly, relax, and enjoy the quiet beauty of the garden.


In order to monitor the health of our koi fish, we have suspended sales of koi food and ask visitors to not bring in outside food for them.  (e.g. bread, crackers, pet store food, etc). Thank you for your understanding.