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Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Sun Yat-Sen Garden
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives are hosting a discussion led by Professor Alison Bailey about the development and history of the Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Following the discussion, docents will lead small groups for a guided tour of the Garden at dusk. Tea and pastries will be available following the discussion.
The garden was built in 1985–1986. The outer park was designed by architects Joe Wai and Donald Vaughan, while the inner garden was conceived by Wang Zu-Xin as the chief architect, with the help of experts from the Landscape Architecture Company of Suzhou, China. Funding for the project came from the Chinese and Canadian governments, the local Chinese community, and other public and private sector sources, and it opened on April 24, 1986, in time for Expo 86.
Because the climate in Vancouver is similar to that of Suzhou, many of the same plant varieties are found in the garden as in its Suzhou counterparts. The plants were chosen according to their blossom schedules in order to emphasize seasonal changes, especially the “awakening” in spring. They are also selected to invoke the symbolic, historical, and literary meaning of each plant and are used sparingly, in contrast to western gardens, and provide colour through all the seasons.