Szentendre Japanese public garden project

Szentendre Japanese public garden project

Our Motivation

Our location:

We believe that both Hungary and our town need more gardens, parks and spaces for leisure activities, for the enjoyment of both our foreign guests and our fellow citizens.
Our aim is to create a public landscape garden or a public landscape park, which would be home to an Eastern-Japanese garden and a garden with European-Hungarian traits. This would be an entirely unique initiative in our country, which would encourage, among others, the cultivation of international relations, while calling attention to the power of unity and enhancing positive thinking and open-mindedness among the population.

Throughout the past few years we have visited about one hundred public gardens, public parks and national parks in Europe (Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Belgium, Great-Britain), in North-America (Canada, United States of America) and not least importantly, in Asia (Japan, China), with the intent to see as much natural beauty and as many natural landscaping projects as possible, while acquiring useful information about them and about their management.

We endeavor to realize our concept in close co-operation with the local government and with the National Park functioning in its vicinity, by posting their announcements and program information, thus supporting each other by linking our programs wherever and whenever that is desirable.
The facility would host numerous programs; it would provide a quality leisure grounds for a public of all ages, while at the same time ensuring access for both educational and entertainment activities.

Programs, activities, and our goals:

Our main pursuit is the establishment of a Japanese-type garden school or a Japanese-type gardening workshop, its upkeep, with periodical invitations extended to gardeners from Japan.
As far as my own person is concerned (, I have, during the past year, attended and successfully completed a landscape gardening internship with Kyoto Niwatsune, a recognized landscaping firm with a tradition in Japanese gardening spanning four generations, located in Kyoto, also known as the City of Gardens. Our Japanese partner company has, upon my completion of the internship, expressed her interest to further, and to participate in, the development of our planned Japanese garden, as well as to support our aim to establish a garden-school and workshop.
The proposed Gardens of Unity would be the meeting place for organizations like the Hungarian-Japanese Friendship Society , the Urasenke Tea Association, the Japanese Garden Association, the Ikebana Association, the Bonsai Association and other associations, garden-schools and university departments of horticulture.

The main purpose in the establishment of a Japanese-type garden-school and workshop is the spreading of the culture of landscape gardening in both our own town and in our country. Szentendre, already known as the country’s “Town of Painters”, would, over time, be also known as a “Town of Gardens”. In fact, landscape gardening is, according to our credo, three-dimensional painting.

This public garden would, as an absolute novelty for Hungary, function also as a Night Garden, thus conjuring up a unique treasure to the surprise of the visitor, extending the enjoyment of the garden well beyond the hours of nightfall.

The activities of the Gardens of Unity would extend beyond the events organized by the variety of organizations named above, however. The Gardens would serve as a starting point or venue for artistic, cultural and entertainment programs as well. Thus, a center for the fine arts and culture would become yet another function of the Gardens, which would provide an excellent space for the education of the young and for the awakening of their interest in the arts. The Gardens would present the true, creative power of art in unity, and they would call the attention to the linkages between the different streams of art. The Gardens would serve as an ideal venue for educational lectures, fine art courses, and exhibitions.

The organization and management of these activities would be carried out by the creative team of InnGraphic ( under the lead of Ms Ágnes Staudt. An official supporter of the project, InnGraphic would carry out the elaboration, the marketing, the design, the planning and the organization of the project, thus contributing to the public presentation of the Gardens of Unity at the highest professional level. Ms Ágnes Staudt, Founder, Manager and Artistic Director of InnGraphic, with her professional expertise of a decade and teaching experience of two years, would be a committed and conscientious leader of the fine art section of our project.
A future challenge to be taken on by our garden-school and workshop is the creation of a European—Hungarian type garden in the vicinity of the Eastern-Japanese public garden, in accordance with preliminary negotiations, on the grounds of the Art Foundation. The European-Hungarian Garden thus created will present to the public, along its paths and bridges built of natural construction materials, elements of European and Hungarian mythology and history.

To sum up: Let us spend more time outdoors, together! Let us celebrate the beauty of nature, art and life, to the enjoyment of people, the town and the country!

We plan to acknowledge our contributors, helpers and volunteers through a sign posted at the entrance to the Gardens. In addition, we would like to extend to supporting organizations, firms and private persons the opportunity of using the Gardens and its buildings at no extra cost (the amount of their contribution and our possibilities will, of course, be taken into consideration).

In the hope of the future possibility—and realization—of such unity of ideas and action, the Gardens would bear the name of “Gardens of Unity”, thus evoking forever the memory of our united action.

Please, support the Japanese Garden Hungary Association (2000 Szentendre Rét u. 2.) in the effort to build the Japanese garden in Szentendre, Hungary.

Bank account: HU62 1160 0006 0000 0000 64560849

Respectfully and thankfully yours,

Zoltán DANI
Leader of the Japanese Garden Hungary Association

Our 3D plan: