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Japanese Garden Wedding Host

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 4 people are interested

Wedding hosts If you haven't volunteered with us before, rest assured there is training and we will assign a Committee member to volunteer with you. The easiest way to volunteer is as a wedding host! We'll loan you a Japanese Happi coat and you'll simply accompany one of the Committee members as they welcome the wedding guests to the garden or greet members of the public to let them know when the garden will next be open again.
We accept reservations for weddings, events and photo sessions. Once someone secures the reservation with a payment of $200 per hour and a contract, we place the reservation online. Then we put out a large signboard to let everyone know that the garden is reserved. Volunteers typically cover one 2-3 hour time-slot every month or twice monthly between May and October.
Here is a link to a wedding held at the Normandale Japanese Garden.

COVID-19 restrictions: Normandale Community College will continue conducting nearly all teaching, learning, and campus services and operations online. Campus buildings will remain closed to the public until a date not yet known. As long as that is the case and in keeping with the State of Minnesota guidelines on social distancing, committee meetings are held by ZOOM calls. Small group tours, training, or meetings of ten persons or fewer may be conducted outside at the garden in favorable weather; otherwise, in-person meetings will not resume until restrictions at the college are lifted.
In 2020, restricted access event reservations were accepted. Attendance was limited to 25 persons (including photographers) and there was no public access to restrooms. Restrictions will be reevaluated in May for the 2021 season.

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The Japanese Garden, 9700 France Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431, US

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: The Normandale Japanese Garden (Nihon Teien) is an authentic traditional Japanese Garden in North America that provides a special experience to each and every visitor; a Garden open year round to the community; a place where the unique skills and techniques that are necessary to create a Japanese garden are observed, cherished, learned; where specialized interpretation of cultural traditions and elements of the Nihon Teien ensure the continuance for many generations in the future.


Bloomington Affiliated Garden Clubs used a $500 Sears grant in 1967 to start Normandale Japanese Garden. Our web pages give a photographic history, including Takao Watanabe's plans.
Japanese Garden Committee
The Normandale Japanese Garden Committee is a 10-20 person advisory committee. The Committee was founded in 1980. The Committee's mission is to promote and raise funds for the perpetual care and improvement of the garden. In cooperation with the Normandale College Foundation and with Normandale College Staff, the Committee is charged to see that all construction and maintenance shall adhere to the original design concept of Takao Watanabe.
We meet monthly on the third Mondays. Committee members are expected to attend the regular meetings and to serve on one or more of the subcommittees which include tours/weddings, festival, public relations, buildings and grounds, membership, and website communications. We've begun a Master Planning process and need more Committee members. We welcome a background related to: gardening, landscape architecture, Japanese gardening or Japanese culture, fundraising, finance, publicity, horticulture, local government, land use planning, education, communication, wetland management, law or areas related to our mission.We also welcome volunteers if committing to monthly meetings isn't feasible: event hosts, tour guides (May to October), fall or spring teachers, and Festival volunteers!

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We'll work with your schedule.


Normandale Japanese Garden andKopp Student Center, NCC9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431



  • Customer Service
  • Japanese
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hour time slots You can volunteer frequently or just a few times a summer. You need to arrive promptly and remain available throughout the scheduled time, but you can take a break if needed since we always schedule in pairs.
  • Most of the Garden is handicap accessible. You can arrive by bus or car and parking is free. Knowledge of Japan and its culture is a plus, but your skill using English to be hospitable is more important.

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