Seiwa-en Japanese Garden Turns 40

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Garden of pure, clear harmony and peace

This year, the Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic Japanese Garden. Always one of our visitors’ favorite spots, the 14-acre garden is stunning in all four seasons, showcasing distinct aspects of its beauty from different vantage points.

Proposed by the Japanese American Citizens’ League in 1972, it was designed by renowned landscape architect Koichi Kawana. Construction began in 1974, and the garden was formally dedicated on May 5, 1977.

Forty years after the Japanese Garden’s dedication, we continue to celebrate Seiwa-en, “garden of pure, clear harmony and peace,” and its significance in honoring Japanese culture.


Help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japanese Garden by sharing your images on Instagram with the tag #Happy40JG for a chance to win Japanese Festival tickets and have your photo displayed in our anniversary photo exhibition.

Complete rules can be found here.

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