Chinese Garden Design, expressing the Chinese art of landscape design, focuses on the careful blending of nature with man-made structures.
The delicate balancing of Four main Elements to create a harmonious
environment where yin and yang energies compliment and contrast in stunning beauty results in a sensual and spiritual experience for the fortunate human visitor.
The Four Elements incorporated in Chinese garden design are:
Water - Represents the Yin energy that is the living pulse of the Garden
Stone - Balancing the Yin Energy of the water, rock formations represent mountains and Yang Energy
Plants - Symbols of human qualities such as endurance (pines), flexibility (bamboo) and purity (lotus) are incorporated into Chinese Garden Design through careful plant selections
Architecture - Arrangement of the buildings within the
Chinese Garden is focused on creating spaces that enhance the
garden design, plants and beautiful views
If you are planning to travel this year and would like to experience the beauty and serenity of a Chinese Garden, consider visiting one of the delightful venues located in Canada or the United States.
We will be adding more gardens to the list and would appreciate information from any of our site visitors on locations to include.
A Classical Chinese Garden
The United States National Arboretum Washington, DC
A joint project between the governments of the U.S. and China, an 8-acre site within the 446-acre U.S. National Arboretum has been selected as a dedicated site for a Classical Chinese Garden. Open during all seasons, the area will provide a venue for visitors to learn about Chinese culture and the development of new ornamental and floral plants.
Staten Island Botanical Garden Staten Island, New York
The Staten Island Botanical Garden is collection of gardens situated within the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a short ferry ride
from Manhattan. Described as "one of New York City's best-kept secrets, this beautiful attraction is a must-see for visitors.
The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden St. Louis, Missouri
Photograph is provided courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden
The Grigg garden is built in the style of the southern China provinces where Nanjing, China is located - a sister city to St. Louis. Many of the site's features were gift from the city of Najing.
Joining a dozen cultural Chinese Garden centers in either the planning, development or completed stages, The Kansas City Chinese Garden will focus on balanced harmony of heaven and earth to provide a quiet setting for locals and visitors to find peace and tranquillity. People of all ethnic backgrounds will be able to relax, enjoy and learn from each other in the mix of natural objects and man-made structures to be installed.
A goal of The Society for Friendship with China is to work with Kansas City Parks and Recreation to establish a Chinese Garden in Swope Park. It will have a house and pavilions with typical plantings and art in the gardens.
At this time, The Kansas City Chinese Garden is in the planning stage.
Portland Classical Chinese Garden Never Twice the Same
A walled Garden enclosed within a full city block, the design has created an Ming dynasty, Suzhou-style garden. Suzhou is a city in China known for its beautiful gardens, and the Portland Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic reproduction.