The Grounds of Japan House

While our Japanese gardens directly surround Japan House, those gardens, as well as the house, are actually nestled into the University of Illinois Arboretum.

The Arboretum is a unit of ACES, the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, and contains the Master Gardeners' Idea Garden, the American Hosta Society National Display Garden, the Dr. Frank Kari Walkway, the Miles C Hartley Selections Garden, the Noel Welcome Garden, the Oak Grove and the Romweber & Santrgrossi Families Linden Allee as well as the ponds that are next to Japan House. The University of Illinois Pollinatarium, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, also sits within the Arboretum, and is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators.

The mission of the Arboretum at the University of Illinois is to discover, interpret and disseminate knowledge in the plant sciences and applied arts by providing an aesthetically enriched setting for education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Arboretum is transforming 160 acres of the University's south campus into an exceptional "living laboratory" for students in plant sciences and fine and applied arts, as well as an oasis of natural beauty open to the public. We are happy to be colleagues and neighbors of the Arboretum staff and appreciate their collaboration on events such as Matsuri.

Cherry Blossoms