Garden Guidelines

Guests often come into Japanese gardens to enjoy a living art form, relax and soak in the peaceful, natural shapes and textures which are highlighted through Japanese design.

While you are here, we ask that you please follow these Garden Guidelines to enhance your experience and protect the tranquility and purpose of the Garden for all. Thank you!

Stay on the path
Please do not walk on the grass or sit on the stones. Japanese gardens are not like parks which serve as recreational play areas but instead are meant for the guest to slowly observe and enjoy as if they are in a living painting, a three-dimensional work of art that mimics the natural world.

No outside food and drink 
The Garden does not allow outside food and drink, except for water. If guests would like to enjoy a picnic, we encourage them to utilize the space next door at Margaret T. Hance Park.

No weapons
Prohibited weapons include any form of weapon or explosive restricted under local, state, or federal law.  This includes all firearms, illegal knives, BB and pellet guns, martial arts weapons, hunting bows and arrows, fireworks, ammunition, and any other device that may be used as a firearm or other weapons covered by the law.   

No luggage 
The Garden does not have coat-check facilities and does not accept luggage or store personal items. JFG reserves the right to inspect all bags and to report, relocate, or dispose of any unattended object or bag as we consider appropriate. Strollers are allowed throughout the Garden grounds.

No unauthorized photography
If you are visiting the Garden with the intent of using the Garden as a backdrop for your photos for any occasion, with any type of camera including smartphones, you must book a photoshoot after hours in advance.

For more information read our detailed photo policy here: Photo Policy


No pets
Pets are not allowed in the Garden. Service pets are allowed. There is little shade in our parking lot and it is dangerous to leave your pets in the car or outside the Garden. Please kindly leave your pets at home. The nearby Margaret T. Hance Park is another great alternative for a place to take your pet outdoors.

No smoking/vaping 
Smoking is defined as the "act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind." Vaping refers to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems or electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs, and e-cigars.

Be here
Walking into a Japanese garden is like stepping out of reality and into an enchanting, three-dimensional painting. The goal is not to be entertained but rather to experience the natural world around you. A design style called Miegakure is used in Japanese stroll gardens which doesn't show the whole Garden at once, but rather hides intentionally hidden views around bends that reveal themselves as you journey through. This means that taking your time, looking at different angles, and repeating the loop will all help you to enjoy the space as it was intended. If you think of the Garden as a living art form you will begin to take in the textures, shapes, colors, and compositions that you may otherwise miss. Please help keep the Garden relaxing for everyone by respecting the tranquility and keeping the peace as you go.