Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld


Japanese Style Gardens

and Chinese Gardens


Australian natives, Japanese style

The new Japanese Tea Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden features traditional design elements of a Soto Roji (outer tea garden), but is planted with species native to Sunshine Coast. The plants were chosen on the basis of similarities to the species that would have been used in Japan. Australian plant themed Japanese style garden unveiled (August 2012)

Fraser Coast's Chinese garden well underway

Construction of the Chinese Gardens in the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens is moving forward with a consignment of bricks, tiles and ornaments arriving from China. Garden designers and landscapers from Hervey Bay's sister city of Leshan have helped plan the garden, which will include a moon gate, water features, bridge and pavilion, but work will be completed be Council staff and local contractors. An Australian garden will be created in Leshan. Source: Building materials arrive for Chinese Garden (January 2012)

Older news at bottom of page.

Nurseries & services for Japanese/Chinese gardens in Qld


Regular garden centres will carry a variety of plants that can be used in a Japanese-style garden. See also the pages dealing with individual plant groups where you might find nurseries dealing with those particular plants.

Advertisers below may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.


Bonsai Image - Bonsai Nursery (Brisbane)
If you want to learn bonsai, we can teach you. We have been conducting bonsai courses longer than any other current teachers in Australia, and our Teachers are nationally and internationally registered Bonsai Instructors. Please check our WEBSITE for details of upcoming courses.

We are also suppliers of bonsai pots, tools, books, wire, magazines and accessories at prices far less than you can access anywhere else. We also provide a bonsai repotting service at the Mt. Gravatt Showground. See our WEBSITE for details of these things.

We were formally located at Musgrave Road, Coopers Plains and a prior Moorooka site for a total of 30 Years.


28 Tyalgum Street,
Mudgeeraba, QLD 4213
Ph: (07) 5530 5425
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We stock a huge range of bonsai for sale from starter plants to mature bonsai, plus a full range of supplies and accessories including tools, pots, ornaments, rocks, books and larger ornaments suitable for a Japanese or Chinese landscape.

Bonsai classes from beginner to advanced are available at the nursery. Also repotting, rootpruning, shaping and trimming services for your existing bonsai.

A visit to Bonsai World is a great day out, but we can also take orders by phone. For more information, visit the Bonsai World WEBSITE

For the most up-to-date information on opening hours, items in stock, prices etc, be sure to contact the business directly. The following list may include online retailers and mail order suppliers.

Do you operate a Queensland nursery which specialises in plants suitable for Japanese or Chinese gardens? Do you sell or construct garden accessories (e.g. lanterns, statues, bridges, pagodas, moon gates etc) to compliment these garden styles? Are you a designer of Japanese or Chinese gardens in Queensland? Advertise here. As well as Queensland businesses, Australian mail-order and online suppliers to this state may be listed here. More information: ADVERTISING.

Some places to view Japanese gardens in Queensland

Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha: While you're there, be sure to visit the Bonsai House (check with the Gardens for opening hours) and the bamboo collection nearby. Search for information: Brisbane City Council

Nerima Gardens, Ipswich: With help from Ipswich's sister city Nerima (Japan), the Gardens have been designed to portray the landscape of the Ipswich region, but in the style of a traditional Japanese garden. Search for information: Ipswich City Council

Toowoomba: The site is jointly owned by The University of Southern Queensland and the Toowoomba City Council. More information here: The Japanese Garden: Ju Raku En

Rockhampton: Japanese gardens at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Search for information: Rockhampton City Council

Gladstone: Japanese Tea House & Gardens

More links related to Japanese and Chinese landscape and architecture at the bottom of the page.

More Links

The following links are for general information, research and ideas. Some species or varieties referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia, or unsuitable for the warmer parts of Queensland.

Tamborine Mountain Garden Club Inc. Read about the Cherry Tree Walk established in the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens in conjunction with the Gifu Cherry Blossoms Group from Japan
Atherton Chinatown and Hou Wang Temple

The Japanese Garden, Botanic Gardens Trust (NSW)
Plants for Japanese-style gardens The Australian Plants Society - SA Region
Japanese gardens in a dry climate Serenas Secret Gardens blog, Melbourne

International educational web site about Japanese gardens
Publications by Gert J. van Tonder (Dept of Architecture and Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology) and associates. Many articles on theory of Japanese garden design available online
The Japanese Garden for the Mind: The 'Bliss' of Paradise Transcended Camelia Nakagawara, The University of Chicago (from Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs) (PDF)
Cherry Blossom Viewing at Japan Mint Includes photographs and horticultural notes on the 121 varieties of cherry blossom (Sakura) growing there.
Plants & Japan A fascinating range of information and pictures about plants, gardens and gardening in Japan, traditional and modern
Isamu Taniguchi Oriental Garden Zilker Botanical Garden, Texas USA
Kumamoto-En Japanese Garden and Kumamoto En Garden Elements at San Antonio Botanical Garden. Texas, USA
Seiwa-en The Japanese garden at Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Shofuso The Japanese House and Garden, Fairfield, Philadelphia USA
Hakone Gardens Saratoga, California USA
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden California State University
Azaleas with a Difference Illustrated post about "cloud pruning" of azaleas at the GardenDesignOnline blog
Cloud pruning Royal Horticultural Society, UK
Accent Plants for Japanese-styled Gardens Arid-Southwestern Gardening Information, University of Arizona
Sakaki: Sacred Tree of Shinto (Cleyera japonica) Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, California
Legends of the Chrysanthemum University of Vermont
The Asian Influence in My Garden - The Evergreen Azaleas by Donald W. Hyatt, who gardens near Washington D.C
Beijing Botanical Garden, China (English version). Many photographs of the gardens
Liu Fang Yuan Chinese garden at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, California

Older News

Gladstone Japanese Gardens
The official opening of the Japanese Gardens at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens is scheduled for 11th July, 2010. Started 14 years ago, the project includes a Japanese tea House, pond, rockery and plantings. More information from Gladstone Regional Council here: Local to entertain at Japanese Garden official opening (PDF) (July 2010)

Japanese Tea House officially opened
The mayors of Ipswich and sister city Nerima, Japan, participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to mark the official opening of this new addition to Ipswich's Nerima Gardens. More at the Ipwich City Council website: Tea House opens in Nerima Gardens (November 2009).

Qld's first traditional Japanese Tea House nears completion
The Tea House in Nerima Gardens, Ipswich has been constructed using traditional designs, although with some concessions to the Australian environment. Ironbark timbers were used for protection against termites, and it will have a timber and glass exterior instead of rice paper. It's due to be officially opened on 12th of November, with a traditional tea ceremony. More information from Ipswich City Council: Nerima Tea House starts to take shape (October 2009)

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