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PHASE 2 CONSTRUCTION was completed in October, 2023. 

NPBGS has a landscape plan designed by Sadafumi Uchiyama and will work on initial plantings in 2024 and 2025. 


UPDATE: S & S Landscaping has completed core construction of the irrigation and pathways, and has seeded the grass. We ask that you not walk on the pathways or the hills. The grass needs to grow and establish, and the pathways need to be finely compacted. (8/4/2023)


UPDATE: Earthwork Services has completed the earthwork, and S & S Landscaping just started to work on installing the irrigation lines and drain tile. (6/30/2023)


The Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society (NPBGS) will be starting Phase 2 Construction of the Japanese Garden at the Northern Plains Botanic Garden at Yunker Farm Park in Spring and Summer of 2023.

Work will entail moving and grading the soil of the “hills” according to the design of the Japanese Garden and the engineered water retention plan, which was approved by the City of Fargo and the Fargo Park District. After the earth work is complete, an aggregate gravel pathway will be installed, the area will be hydroseeded with grass, and a below - ground irrigation line will be extended from the southeast corner of the Edible Forest to the Japanese Garden.

The construction area will be north of the Japanese Gate, west of the eastern shelter belt, and southeast of the southeast corner of the Edible Forest fence line (see outline on site map). This area encompasses the “hilly areas” lying north of the Japanese Gate.

The earthwork will be done by Earthwork Services, and the pathway, grass seeding, and irrigation work will be done by S & S Landscaping.

The timeframe for the earthwork will be approximately five consecutive workdays, weather permitting. We anticipate that work will start sometime around June 15th to June 19th.

After Earthwork Services completes moving, grading, and contouring the soil, S & S Landscaping will construct the pathways, hydroseed the grass, and install the below ground irrigation connection and piping.

The Construction Work Schedule will be Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Equipment used will include a dozer on site for the earthwork.

Impacts on the neighboring area might include noise and vibrations. There should be no dust generated.

We expect this project to be completed in July, but no later than August 31st.

We appreciate your patience during this construction phase while we create the foundation for the Japanese Garden of Mind and Soul!


For more information about the Japanese Garden and the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, please visit our Press Center.

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