This Garden is the first of its kind outside of China, an authentic representation of an age–old garden tradition from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
The water-worn limestone rocks were imported from Lake Tai near Suzhou. The Tai Hu rocks are thought to evoke supernatural powers and entice lucky spirits into a scholar’s garden.
The Garden and residence is of a Ming scholar, the elite of their time, where they lived, worked and shared this space with friends and family.
The jade green color of the water symbolizes tranquility
The plantings are a mix of native Chinese and local plants to represent the bridging of both cultures, the chief mandate of this garden.
We visited this garden in the morning, right when they opened, so we had it just about all to ourselves. Our knowledgeable guide explained the garden and its elements in detail, we even received hot tea at the end of the tour. For this post I picked the facts from the Garden’s website.