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25th Annual Meeting
of the 

Northern Plains 
Botanic Garden Society

 March 7th, 2023
7:00 PM


Join us for our Annual Meeting and Board Member Election. 

NPBGS is hosting its 25th Annual Meeting at:

The Rourke Art Museum, 521 Main Ave, Moorhead, MN 56560. 


ANNUAL REPORT: (Report will be available by mid-February...)



Our formal program will open with a koto (Japanese zither) demonstration by

Sarah Coomber. Our Keynote Speaker will be Sadafumi Uchiyama,

Chief Curator and Director of The International Japanese Garden Training

Center of Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon. He will speak about

"A Japanese Garden in Fargo". 



  • Welcome 7:00 p.m. Jerry Raguse, President

  • Koto Performance by Sarah Coomber

  • Keynote Address: Sadafumi Uchiyama will speak on "A Japanese Garden in Fargo"


            *** 8:15 p.m.: Break for Refreshments, Tour Hina Doll and Japanese Art Exhibits ***


Business Meeting Starts at 8:30 p.m. with President Jerry Raguse Presiding

  • Approval of March 15, 2022, Annual Meeting Minutes 

  • Approval of Treasurer’s Report (vote)

  • Annual Report:  Jerry Raguse, President                                                                                                                                         

  •  "State of the Society” Address:  Jerry Raguse, President

  • Board Nominations & Elections:  Teresa Jesten, Secretary

  • Recognition of Departing Board Members: Teresa Jesten, Secretary

  • Open Discussion, Questions, Suggestions:  Jerry Raguse, President

  • Announcements: Ann Riley

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting (vote):  Jerry Raguse, President 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ACCESSIBILITY: Enter the East Door (6th Street South) for ground floor access to the elevator. The meeting will be held on the first floor exhibit room. All three floors are accessible by elevator and there is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the lower level of the building. 


 PARKING: Park in South Lot between The Rourke and Moorhead Public Library. Limited parking is available immediately adjacent to the accessible entrance.  


 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read our recent Newsletter for more information about the Annual Meeting and the Japanese Garden!



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Sarah Coomber









       Sarah Coomber 










        Sadafumi Uchiyama

(Photo Credit: Nina Johnson)

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