The garden of harmonious beauty integrates artistry with nature.
The perfect escape from a hectic world to a place of peaceful contemplation and renewal.
Take a moment and immerse yourself in the beauty of the garden's natural setting and stroll the garden path to view a pace of cultural tradition.
Located on Three-Mile Drive, just east of the Harrison Sculpture Garden, the Chinese Garden subtly blends elements of architecture, rocks, water, and plants—in an engaging, yet transformative setting.
Bing the Dragon
In Chinese mythology Dragons are protectors and guardian spirits, Bing is a 10-foot tall steel coiled Dragon created by artist Dale Lewis of Hastings, MN, who peers at a red gazing ball, which represents the item, person or location being protected.
Chinese Garden Pathway
Stroll the shoreline pathway westward to the Tree Peony Garden. In Chinese culture, the peony is "the king of flowers" and a symbol of wealth. A nearby large willow, symbolizing purity and healing, provides a dramatic counterpoint with its gracefully swirling branches and rustling sounds. Continue along a meandering shoreline to enjoy breath-taking views.
Qinling Mountain Rocks
An island, jagged shoreline and grassy hillside are adorned by three magnificent rocks that symbolize mountains—a special gift from the Shaanxi Provincial People's Government, in central China.
Enter the garden through the dramatic 8-ft. circle, symbolic of casting off stress and tension, by entering a peaceful space with delightful vistas of the garden.
Upswept eaves are set against a striking backdrop of peony trees. In the early evening, visitors will be treated to a reflection of the sunset in the water.