National Building Museum

Family Afternoon: Zen Gardens

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Program

Zen Gardens is sold out. 

Join us for our most meditative program yet! Zen gardens, like the one at Ryōan-ji, provide space for contemplation and represent nature in the abstract.  Learn the history of Japan’s famous gardens, and then design and build your own. 

Drinking morning tea,
The monk is peaceful,
The chrysanthemum blooms.
  -Matsuo Basho

Pre-registration required. Price per garden: $15 Members | $20 Non-members. One garden is sufficient for a family of four. Please select the number of gardens you will build at the event. Limited to three gardens per participating family. 

Ryoan-ji Garden

The gardens at Ryōan-ji. Photo by Casey Yee.

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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