Mission: To provide a center for Japanese arts and culture and invite guests to explore various styles of traditional gardens, inspiring peacefulness and serenity. The mission of Yume Gardens is to provide authentic Japanese cultural experiences that educate, inspire and entertain.
Results: Started in January 2013, the gardens have provided a peaceful haven for numerous visitors. 2014 has seen the opening of the museum and galleries where exhibits and classes have been offered. Fall of 2015 will see the start of a new walk for wellness program, a unique therapeutic garden walk in Tucson.
Target demographics: improving quality of life and cultural understanding
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 visitors
Geographic areas served: wellness, education, art
Programs: art exhibits, festivals, concerts, various cultural education programs, wellness walk
Tucked away in the hot Southwest Desert of Tucson is an unusual oasis, the Yume Japanese Gardens. Opened two and a half years ago, this tranquil dream (yume means “dream” in Japanese) is indeed a place of reflection and beauty. Comprised of five different gardens, there is a lovely koi pond with water lilies, a stone & gravel zen garden, bridges, and even a Japanese tea house. It has also become a venue for Japanese cultural plays, concerts, activities such as Children’s Day, ikebana classes, and doll exhibits. In addition, there is a beautiful Japanese gift shop as you enter the gardens. Images at www.yumegardens.org.