Botanica continues expansion with new Chinese garden

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- A special event was held this afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Chinese Garden of Friendship at Botanica.

More than hundred people attended the ceremony inside the new Lotus Hall event center.

The Chinese Garden is modeled after a Scholar-type Chinese garden and will be located at the northeast corner of Botanica, near Murdock and Amidon.

The garden is built in honor of Wichita's friendship with Kaifeng, its sister city in China. It will also demonstrate traditional Chinese architecture, art and culture.

The garden will feature a dragon wall, two pavilions, a bridge, pond and stream, Chinese plants and a 64-foot-long mural of the legendary Qingming scroll depicting daily life in Kaifeng during the Song Dynasty.

Jayne Milburn is the lead donor for the Chinese Garden of Friendship, and Botanica is seeking additional donations to fund artwork for the garden.

The Chinese Garden is expected to be completed and open to the public in the spring of 2015.

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