Gardens were among the first forms of Japanese culture to gain popularity in the United States. Since their introduction to the American public at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Japanese-style gardens have profilerated across the country.
Landscaping America reveals the personal stories, historical journeys, creativity, and community processes that underlie the surface of the "Japanese garden". This multimedia exhibition highlights how West Coast Japanese Americans drew upon their agricultural and ethnic backgrounds to carve out a viable vocational niche in gardening, and in the process, reinterpreted Japanese garden traditions, offered alternative approaches to working with nature, and contributed to the diversity of the American landscape.
Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden is made possible, in part, by major support frtom the Aratani Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation. Generous support was also provided by The James Irvinve Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Boeing Company. Media Sponsors: Los Angeles Downtown News, LA18 KSCI-TV, and the Rafu Shimpo.