Louisiana organizations

Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society

The Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society was founded by noted bonsai authority Vaughn Banting in 1972. Over the years, we’ve developed into one of the most active bonsai clubs in the U.S. GNOBS is proud to have members who have their trees displayed in the National Arboretum and the Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai collection as well as other prestigious sites. Several of our members have received national and international awards, and many have been invited as guest lecturers to other organizations and conventions.

Ikebana Internation Baton Rouge 42

The Naples Chapter of Ikebana International is about the art of Japanese flower arranging and so much more. We celebrate nature in flower arranging, the interesting and different cultures of Japan, and "Friendship through Flowers," which is our motto.

Japan Society of New Orleans

The Japan Society of New Orleans was founded in 1928 to foster friendly relationships with Japan through the study of Japanese art and culture as well as social and trade contacts between the two countries. Since its founding the Society has not been involved with political discussion of US/Japanese relations and confined its endeavors to cultural and social relations between the two countries. Our goal is to provide a formal organization to bring together the leaders of our community who have a vital interest in, and appreciation for, the history, culture, government and economic achievement of Japan, and to provide and foster understanding, commerce and good-will between the peoples of Japan and the United States.

Japanese Garden Foundation of New Orleans

The Japanese Garden Foundation in New Orleans, initially known as the Japanese Garden Society, was founded in 1985 by four visionary women: Colleen “Co” Thian, Betty Lyons, Coralie Nesser, and Madeline Jones. Their dedication over decades led to the creation of the Yakumo Nihon Teien, a serene Japanese garden located within the City Park's Botanical Garden section. Named in honor of Lafcadio Hearn, a renowned author who deeply connected New Orleans to Japanese culture, the garden features elements symbolizing this relationship, including stone art donated by Matsue, New Orleans’ sister city in Japan. Designed by Robin Tanner, a local expert in Japanese-garden design, the garden was completed in 2005 and includes a tea house. It's a popular and expanding attraction, reflecting the foundation's mission to nurture and share this tranquil space​