Member Reviews: NAJGA In Minnesota, New York and North Carolina

NAJGA members Anita Royer and Emily Fronckowiak share their experiences as participants in the three regional NAJGA events held this year in Minnesota, New York and North Carolina. 

Anita Royer Doug Schneible
NAJGA members Anita Royer and Doug Schneible

As fall’s colors began unfolding, we looked forward to a stimulating New York Kykuit NAJGA symposium and garden tour.  We were not disappointed. What we experienced was simply “over the top”!  Fabulous knowledgeable speakers, coupled with an abundant sharing of historic, unique, and useful information not to mention awesome tours of some of Northeast’ finest Japanese gardens made it a spectacular event.

If you like Japanese gardens, if you like to rub elbows with fellow Japanese garden comrades and to learn more about America’s historic and surprising Japanese gardening beginnings, you won’t want to miss the next one. Kudos to Ken, Jeannette, Kim, Cynthia, and Brian, among many others for staging an unforgettable two days!

Anita Royer  / Schneible Fine Arts


Emily Fronck
Emily Fronckowiak

This summer, I had the good fortune of attending two of NAJGA’s workshops: “It’s All in the Details” skills and development workshop held last August in Minnesota’s Como Park Zoo and Conservancy, and “Branching Out in the SouthPruning Small trees and Shrubs in the Japanese Tradition” just this October in North Carolina’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

What a treat! I saw friends, made new ones, and thoroughly enjoyed visiting a number of wonderful Japanese gardens I had never been to. Both gardens are as well fostered as many others we toured.

Attending two workshops in the same year had great worth for me. The speakers were all different and I value the diverse teaching styles. Some practice their craft by following Japanese garden standards as done in Japan, and others are crafting an Americanized approach, coined as ‘aesthetic’. Aesthetic Pruners seem to have a sensitivity for their work and consider the client, garden designer and essence of the tree or plant in their practice. Both methods show respect for gardens and themselves which I am happy to be a part of.

I value the heart and support of the members of NAJGA and recommend attending regional tours and workshops in addition to the biannual conference as a line to inspiration and staying tapped in and turned on to all there is learn and grow.

Emily Fronckowiak / Designer and Aesthetic Pruner

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Member Reviews: NAJGA In Minnesota, New York and North Carolina