Outside the 1. China Maple Hall. Numbers correspond to the map below.
2. China Maple Hall Courtyard & moon gate in the 4. Double Corridor
Bridge between islands. The pebbles used for paving were brought from China.
3. Ting. 'High on a pile of weathered rocks, emulating a mountain, sits an elegant pavilion representing humans in their natural setting.'
6. Jade Water Pavilion. 'Pitted & convoluted Tai Hu limestone rocks from Lake Tai near Suzhou are highly prized. The pine symbolizes strength because it can grow in treacherous conditions.'
Two arrangements from inside the 8. Scholar's Study.
8. Scholar's Courtyard
On 11-25-10, Rusty & I drove from Seattle to snowy Vancouver, British Columbia. On the following rainy day, we found remnant patches of snow in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. I thought it was stunning. Rusty likes plants, but isn't a great garden enthusiast. He said, 'This doesn't look like a garden. There are so few plants.' I replied, 'Gardens can be about pavement & structures. Ask any landscape architect.' The classical Chinese scholar's garden consists of 4 main elements & represents the Daoist philosophy of yin & yang. 1. Architecture is Ming dynasty classical design. A main hall is a tang (yin). A pavilion or gazebo is a ting (yang). 2. Rocks reflect rugged landscapes. 3. Plants are selected for symbolic value: willow for feminine grace, winter-flowering plum for renewal, pine for strength, bamboo for quiet resilience. 4. Water creates a tranquil atmosphere. The garden was constructed by a 52-member team of experts from Suzhou. It opened in 1986.