Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cultural Bridge

While visiting the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington D.C. last week, I discovered that the U.S. National Arboretum was planning on building a Chinese garden. This garden is a joint venture between the United States and Chinese governments designed to promote friendship and celebrate the histories and traditions of each country. The garden will be a gift from the people of China. 

Here is a link to the National China Garden Foundation website.

Construction has yet to begin, as the project is just entering the public comment phase as I write this blog entry. My understanding is that it will take about three years to complete the garden. 

The garden will consist of 22 classical Chinese structure sitting on 12 acres of the U.S. National Arboretum. To get an idea of what the finished project will look like, and see pictures of some of the proposed structures, check out the following interactive web site:

I am looking forward to the garden's eventual completion. When combined with the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, it will make the U.S. National Arboretum a must visit site for anyone interested in the gardening arts of East Asia.

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