The Chinese garden began as a powerful scholar-official’s estate comprising beautiful gardens and landscaping in a lovely setting surrounding buildings that contain the best of Chinese culture–architecture, paintings, classical writings, furniture, and other arts. It’s a place for all to gather for the annual cycle of festivals, and for tea, music, dance performances, and other celebrations and you have a Chinese garden.
The garden is a magical place, both tranquil and full of life, timeless and everchanging with the seasons. And, it is a place for all generations, from the elders quietly doing their tai chi exercise in the courtyard to the kids climbing on our bronze carp or flying their elaborate kites during the annual Kite Festival. Indeed, the Garden is a great place for families to teach kids about Chinese culture.