A National Geographic book has just ranked our very own Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as the best “city garden” in the world.
“The classical Chinese garden was the first garden in the Ming Dynasty style created outside of China, and is located in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, just blocks from the troubled heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside… …In fact, the little garden is rated ahead of the Rodin Sculpture Garden in Paris and was one of just three North American gardens cited, along with the Foster Botanical Garden in Hawaii and the Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park.” [Source: Vancouver Sun]
Not only is the garden home to koi, bamboo, architecture, and weathered stones, it also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It’s a cornerstone of Chinatown and the East Vancouver community. In December they will be hosting the 18th annual Winter Solstice Festival and an exhibition in collaboration with the Hope in Shadows project. Follow @VanGarden on Twitter for information and updates from the garden.
National Geographic’s book: Secret Journeys of a Lifetime, that features the list of the world’s best city gardens, is currently available in stores and online.