‘Autumn & the Art of the Japanese Garden,’ & NOW

‘Cherry Blossom & the Art of the Japanese Garden’


1 Nov – 16 Nov 2023 (Autumn)

28 Mar – 11 April 2024 (Spring)

6 Nov – 21 Nov 2024 (Autumn)

Travel with Jim as he leads this garden tour for ASA through Japan’s countryside as it explodes into symphonies of glorious spring & autumn colour. For more details visit ASA TOURS.

Jim Fogarty is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable and qualified guides of Japanese gardens. A graduate of Burnley Horticultural College (University of Melbourne), Jim has competed several times designing gardens in Japan, winning the award for Best Design at the 2009 World Garden Competition in Shizuoka Prefecture, and Gold and Best in Show at the 2011 Gardening World Cup Nagasaki. Over many years Jim has carried out his own research into Japan’s most iconic gardens uncovering layers of fascinating information not widely known, and has a passionate interest in contemporary influences of Japanese garden Design.

‘Summer Garden Masterpieces & the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show’ (ON HOLD)

25 June – 9 July 2020

Visit some of the most exciting contemporary gardens of England by world famous garden designers. This tour has been especially designed together with Jim and includes some of the today’s most relevant gardens in the world of design. For more details visit ASA TOURS.

Jim has been a regular garden design writer for various publications in Australia, including The Melbourne Age Newspaper and Burke’s Backyard Magazine.

Jim obtained a Certificate in Journalism at Cairns TAFE in 1995 and his media career started as the gardening column writer for the Cairns Post in 1995. Since then he has worked across the many and varied aspects of garden journalism including TV, radio, Magazines, newspapers & books.

Jim is a past national President and Life Member of the Horticultural Media Association Australia.

In 2015, Jim joined Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) as a garden tour leader. Join Jim & visit some of the greatest gardens of England & Japan.

For more information about garden tours & travel visit ASA Cultural Tours

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Jim has presented garden and design related talks all over Australia and overseas for many years.

Clients include universities & colleges, botanic gardens, industry associations, conferences, corporations, garden clubs, Probus, Rotary, & garden shows to name a few.

All talks are presented using power point presentations with images.

Most talks are 45 mins plus 15 mins questions time.

If you would like Jim to present at your event, please contact jim@jimfogartydesign.com.au

Jim Fogarty Design on YouTube
Click here for our YouTube Channel.

Watch a Video Portfolio for Jim Fogarty

Jim was a regular panel member on a RN radio show with host Tim Entwisle called ‘Talking Plants.’ The show aired over the summer season of 2015 & 2016.

In 2016, they won the Audio Laurel at the Horticultural Media Association Laurel Awards

Audio Laurel
Tim Entwisle & Jim Fogarty – “Talking Plants”

Judges’ comment:  ‘Tim Entwistle’s and Jim Fogarty’s Talking Plants program skilfully blends specialised technical content with an engaging whimsy that appeals to both a professional and a general audience. It is easy to listen to and well-produced.’

The show was produced by Amanda Smith at ABC Radio National
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Jim’s design work has taken him to many regions of the world and he constantly takes pictures of plants and objects in the natural landscape that provide inspiration. Jim uses his photos for articles in printed media, books and for his own design inspiration.

Some of the regions Jim has photographed include: • England • Ireland • Italy • France • Spain • Sicily • UAE • Singapore • Bali • Fiji • Malaysia • Korea • Japan • Australia • New Zealand & USA

The Joy Harland Memorial Photographic Competition.
This competition, run by the Horticultural Media Association of Australia, was won by Jim in 2008. The judge said “A bold, happy image with good central interest and full of appeal. Strong, well balanced composition, pleasing use of focus and blurred background. A straightforward shot superbly executed. Definite cover material.”

The Age
Over several years, Jim wrote for various sections of The Age. Put ‘Jim Fogarty’ into the search box on The Age website to find Jim’s articles.

Burke’s Backyard Magazine
Jim was part of the Burke’s Backyard magazine team for 10 years until its closure in 2013. Fact sheets & articles can still be obtained from the Burke’s backyard website, just put ‘Fogarty’ into the search box – Click Here

Please contact us if you are interested in Jim writing articles for your publication

Australian Inspiration – A bush Garden goes to Chelsea
By Cliff Green with Jim Fogarty

This book recounts the amazing year of planning, frustration, hard work and triumph involved along with the contractor Semken Landscaping and major sponsor Flemings Nursery to take the first Australian based Show Garden that was accepted to exhibit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London, winning a Silver-Gilt Flora Show Garden Award.

Projects that have been designed by Jim also appear in books published in the UK, USA, Australia, Singapore, Japan & China.