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ORGANIZATION: SHIN ZEN FRIENDSHIP GARDEN INC

Volunteer Docents to provide guided tours of Shinzen Garden and Clark Bonsai Collection are provided tour training. Tours are scheduled during the non-public weekday hours of the Garden and, at times, during the weekends when the Garden is open. Training materials are provided and ongoing support and training is part of the Docent program.

Volunteer Hosts are needed to support the opening hours of the Clark Bonsai Collection. As this is a very unique and special portion of our Garden, we do want a host present to provide guidance to guests in how to best observe the displays and garden features as well as protect the collection.

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About SHIN ZEN FRIENDSHIP GARDEN INC

Location:

114 W. Audubon Dr., FRESNO, CA 93711, US

Mission Statement

The purpose of Shinzen Friendship Garden, Inc. shall be to aid and assist in the development, maintenance, operation, expansion, protection and preservation of a Japanese Garden situated within the boundaries of Woodward Park, a regional park owned by the City of Fresno, California. Please visit https://www.shinzenjapanesegarden.org/volunteer/ to sign up to volunteer.

Description

Shinzen emerged in the era of sister-city gardens, following World War II, with the building of Japanese gardens to forge friendship and to recognize the significant role of early Japanese immigrants and citizens in the founding and development of our community. An early connection with the Fresno Sister City Kochi, Japan, provided a key link to further identify the importance of friendship and international brotherhood in the creation of this notable feature for Fresno.

The initial development of a Japanese garden was envisioned in 1967 and the donation of land by Ralph Woodward to establish Woodward Park helped launch the establishment of the Woodward Park Japanese Development Committee led by Ben Nakamura. Design work was started by Kodo Matsubara and was added to by Paul Saito and Shiro Nakagawa. The City of Fresno was also a key participant in the design and development. Funding for the Garden was a combination of individual, community and city support.

The Garden provides cultural and educational events for the community with a Fall Festival, Spring Blossom Festival, Toro Nagashi Lantern Event, as well as workshops and classes in aesthetic pruning, and the art and culture of Japan. With the renovation and renewal of the Tea Garden and Tea House, Shinzen will offer opportunities for visitors to learn more about the significance of tea ceremonies and tea houses to the Japanese.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Community
Environment
Arts & Culture, Community, Environment

WHEN

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WHERE

114 West Audubon DriveFresno, CA 93720

(36.86646,-119.78108)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

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