Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

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Please visit our Press Page for information and links to recently published articles featuring the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, including stories in the Los Angeles Times and The Oregonian website, OregonLive.

Press Page

Planning Your Visit

Directions & Maps

Please visit our Getting Here page for information and maps, including local streets, freeways and available public transportation options.

Getting Here Page

Japan Foundation Los Angeles

About Us

A Short Story About Us

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was created by Kinzuchi Fujii between 1935 – 1940 for Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. Fujii (1875 – 1957) designed and built Japanese landscapes across Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is his only remaining garden. It is also the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.

This pond-style stroll garden features a fifteen-foot waterfall and a formal teahouse on approximately two acres of land. The garden is considered by many to be a masterwork and it demonstrates the adaptability of Japanese culture in modern America. Under the direction of Dr. Takeo Uesugi, landscape architect, professor emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was faithfully restored from 2007 – 2013.

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Learn More About the Garden

We invite you to peruse our website and garden galleries to learn more about the storied life of this historic place. For your convenience, we have also compiled a two-page brochure providing a short overview plus beautiful images of the Garden grounds.

Garden Brochure

Our Commitment

Mission Statement

Our mission is to restore and preserve our historically and culturally significant garden and make it widely available to the community for contemplation, inspiration and enjoyment, for health and wellness, and for education.

Focus On Community

Board of Directors

Jim Haddad, Chair

Connie Haddad

George Brumder

Carol Lind

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA

Keiji Uesugi, ASLA

Louise Wannier

Advisory Council

Joan Alexander

Kendall Brown

Sue Mossman

Katherine Murray-Morse

Kenneth Nakaba

Judy Sterling Plunkett

Kathy L. Rose

Masako Unoura Tanaka

Ted Tokio Tanaka, FAIA


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