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Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
Take an online tour of this Vancouver garden. Also read more about the garden's history, design, construction, and symbolism under "About" at top.

Go to Museum Resource: http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/visiting/virtualtour.htm
The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
An excellent online tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden's Chinese garden. Scroll to the bottom of this Introduction page to see links to four more pages about Chinese gardens in general (An Ancient Tradition; A Frame and Focus; Mountains and Water; Plants as Symbols) plus four pages about specific aspects of this Chinese garden (The Moon Gate; Tai Hu Stones; The Pavilion; The Lotus Gate). With photographs throughout.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.mobot.org/hort/tours/cgtourintro.shtml
The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
With a brief overview of the history of the NY Chinese Scholar's Garden, as well as general information about design, technique, and basic elements.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.snug-harbor.org/chinese.html
Asian Collections Virtual Tour
The United States National Arboretum
"The Asian Collections, located at the east end of the Arboretum, feature a variety of plants native to eastern Asia, including rare and unusual trees, shrubs and herbs with origins primarily in the countries of China, Korea and Japan." A 24-slide presentation to introduce the visitor to the Arboretum's Asian Collections. Scroll toward the bottom of any slide show page to find "Learn more about the Asian Collections" -- a one-page historical guide to the collections.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/VirtualTours/asian.html
National Bonsai and Penjing Museum
The United States National Arboretum
"The miniature masterpieces that we call bonsai and penjing are the pinnacle of gardening skill, and the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America. The Japanese art of bonsai, and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the traditions of Asian culture. The placement of branches, styling, and the pot all convey deep symbolism and reverence for nature." One-page historical background about the museum. Select BONSAI VIRTUAL TOUR for a 38-slide presentation that guides the visitor through the museum.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/bonsai.html
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Gardens & Collections
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Select the Cherry Esplanade (3), Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (10), and Bonsai Museum (20) from the dropdown menu on the right for photographs, descriptions, and additional links. Also see the FLOWERING CHERRIES section (under Discover >> Our Plants).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bbg.org/discover/gardens/
East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Online presentation of a 2007 exhibition on gardens in Asian art. Featuring paintings from Qing-dynasty China, Edo Japan, Mughal India, and Safavid Iran.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/Gardens/launch.htm
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego: Online Tour
Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
"The [San Diego] Japanese Friendship Garden is named 'San-Kei-En' meaning 'three scene garden' -- Water, Pastoral and Mountain. San-Kei-En is an expression of the ties between the people of San Diego and Yokohama and blends the two cultures to create a unique experience. The Garden was named in honor of the San-Kei-En Garden in Yokohama." A brief tour of the garden and the sukiya style Exhibit House, with photographs throughout.

Go to Museum Resource: http://niwa.org/tour
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