Events happening at Shinzen Garden!

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Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a musical journey with the American Bluegrass Band, Ripe for the Pickin’

Formed in 2018, the members of Ripe for the Pickin’ work hard to recreate the original energy and high-lonesome sound of Bluegrass music. They are also know for there fresh mix of more modern classics from musicians like the Grateful Dead, The Eagles and more.

toro nagashi august 17 at shinzen friendship garden

In the spirit of the Japanese ceremony Tōrō Nagashi, please join Shinzen Friendship Garden for our 39th annual floating lantern celebration on Saturday, August 17, 2024

Traditionally, this Japanese ceremony honors the memory of loved ones. During the festival of Obon, it is believed that ancestors come back to spend time with the living. On the final evening of the festival, paper lanterns are set afloat to accompany the spirits as they depart for another year.

Garden Hours:

OPEN: Wed – Sun: 10am – 7pm
CLOSED: Mon – Tue

Garden Admission*

Under 4yrs: Free

4-14yrs: $1/ea.

15yrs-Adult: $5/ea.

Seniors 62+: $1/ea.

Students: $1/ea.

Family: $7 (2-5 people)

*Woodward Park entry/car/parking: $5; $3 for Seniors; $7 during National Holidays. Credit Cards are accepted.

Please note that Woodward Park has implemented a new parking fee payment system. Parking KIOSKs are located throughout the Woodward Park and Shinzen Garden parking lot.

Learn more HERE

Clark Bonsai Hours

Open Wed-Fri, 10am-1pm & weekends/holidays, 10am-4pm*.

*The bonsai collection is accessible when a docent is present. Please check the exhibit hours at the Shinzen Garden’s main entry gatehouse. Closed during rain, unhealthy air quality, temperatures over 95 degrees, and when docents are unavailable.

Due to the Excessive Heat conditions in Fresno when extended outdoor exposure poses a health risk to our volunteers, the Clark Bonsai Collection bonsai garden will be closed to the public during the regular garden hours. We will do our best to be open in the morning from 10am-12pm when possible.

If you are planning a visit, you can check to see if we will be open on a specific day by using the Contact Us  on the Clark Bonsai Collection page.

survival japanese language course at shinzen garden

For those yearning to visit Japan, but unsure of how to start learning Japanese, Shinzen Garden’s new program – Survival Japanese, is perfect for you!  This 4-week course will lead you through real-life scenarios and useful phrases to make the most of your trip. Instructor Akiko Peterson will give you some basic language skills to enhance your experience and travels to Japan.

The course will take place over 4-weeks on September 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

music in the garden back to the bow string ensemble

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a musical journey with our local string ensemble, “Back to the Bow”.

Let Back to the Bow string ensemble delight you with classical music and Japanese folk songs. For 21 years Back to the Bow has performed for audiences at Retirement Homes, Veteran’s and Valley Children’s Hospitals, the Stone Fruit Festival, UCP, church services and many other special events.

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