JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO

Rating: 4.44 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 2125 Park Blvd San Diego CA 92101 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I live in Connecticut and visit San Diego to see my son's family, and other members of my husband's family. (He is a San Diego native.) We love to visit the garden, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms turn the canyon into a sea of pink. The koi pond, the visitor center and the food add to the whole experience. The newsletter has been helpful about explaining Japanese dolls, etc. for our grandchildren here in Connecticut.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help finish the canyon and fund educational and friendship efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A visit to the garden offers the experience and enjoyment of a Japanese garden art and landscaping. We enjoy visiting each season, watching the gardens grow,observing the age old bonsai, and strolling thru the latest exhibits.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

monthly walks thru the garden and working with the bonsai children education class.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no recommendations

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to observe the details of the landscape architecture and the maintaining of the gardens.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly & good volunteer program

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop the remaining acres surrounding the current garden.

Ways to make it better...

the expansion of the current garden will further enhance the overall experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding new projects

One thing I'd also say is that...

keep up the good work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego is a great place to visit and a wonderful change of pace. The first thing that you notice when entering the garden is there is an air of tranquility about the place. Everything from the carefully raked rocks to the the beautiful Koi swimming in the pool seems to all blend in perfectly. You can end your visit with a nice Japanese lunch, everything at reasonable prices.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I frequently bring visitors with me to the Garden and they are never disappointed in the experience. The usual comment is that they did not expect to see such a nice place within the confines of Balboa Park.

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It would be nice if they had more volunteers to talk to visitors. It is always helpful to learn more about the Garden and what they are hoping to accomplish.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 2 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I began work last summer, and have loved every minute I spend in the garden. It is very beautiful and well groomed, and the staff in the garden have been wonderful and patient trainers. I've also taken Ikebana classes with a delightful master teacher and classmates. The orientation classes make regular contributions to my understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and my garden experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

wellness class, which was a rich source of philosophical material.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff and gardeners for their friendliness and passion for their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very competent and welcoming

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a breathtaking expansion into the canyon, and be a source of beauty that heals and inspires all who enter

Ways to make it better...

there was a map or reference detailing features and plants

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an immensely deserving project

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The first time I stepped into the Japanese Friendship Garden, I felt as if I had been taken back in time to the 16th Century where Samurai still roamed the Gardens.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the beautiful and well-maintained garden. The first time I stepped into the Japanese Friendship Garden, I felt as if I had been taken back in time to the 16th Century where Samurai still roamed the Gardens.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more docents available to give tours. I was told that groups must request a docent 2 weeks in advance. It would be great if they had tours every day!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people! The gardeners that were working while I visited were so friendly. They were happy to answer my questions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not only finish the expansion but it could finish it on time to present to the City of San Diego for the 2015 Centennial Celebration! The garden could be the most beautiful and largest Japanese Garden in the United States!

Ways to make it better...

I new more about how and why the Japanese design their gardens. A self-guided tour device would have been very informative since the garden is not allowed to put signs in the garden about their plants.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the funding to finish their expansion into the canyon.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the garden is a living work of art. Some people walked through too quickly, not really trying to understand what each group of rocks or tree meant. It is a living work of art. Make sure you read the brochure and understand the culture better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

There is a reason Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego is called Friendship. The staff and garden keepers are genuine and true to their name

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They truly care for their members. They had a member tea lunch for us. I thought that was awesome!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The genuine Friendship attitude. Meeting Japanese Society in San Diego and learning their culture.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Office Staff. Membership, Gardeners, Board Members were also down to earth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the GARDEN. And truly capture the essence of a Japanese Friendship Garden for society to visit and get away from modern world. Escape from stress and surround themselves in a environmentally conscious garden. Enriching lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Garden is a lovely peaceful place, exceptionally well maintained and operated. The admission rate for non-members is very fair bringing in visitors from among the many who visit the museums in Balboa Park and, of course, the Zoo. It is a peaceful retreat and, at the small café, for tea or lunch.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the smiles of visitors to the garden!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be proud.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendly and welcoming staff (not to mention the peace and serenity the Garden offers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

staff at the entry and the café.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be free of entry fees and be able to welcome more visitors to this bridge among cultures

Ways to make it better...

I could spend all day every day!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining the serenity of the garden

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really like it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 3 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have always enjoyed Japanese Gardens, so I became a member of the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego as soon as I moved here - 30 years ago. In such a small space, this non-profit has created a truly miniature but authentic garden for contemplation, enjoyment of beauty, reminders of mountains and seashores and lakes and streams. One special event I attended was a workshop on Wellness. Another was a Bento Lunch to raise funds for the major addition to the Garden , such a long time in the planning and permitting process. I so hope this extension will be complete in my lifetime so that even more San Diego residents and visitors can enjoy a very special place where humans treasure Nature.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgable, of mixed ethnicities, courteous.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a model nonprofit organization. It has a wonderful staff and committed leadership. Its public programming is engaging--there is something for every age level to enjoy. The grounds, located in beautiful Balboa Park, are exquisitely kept. If you are in need of serenity and inspiration, the Garden is a wonderful place to visit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the leadership role the Japanese Friendship Garden has taken with Park-wide collaboration projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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