Pine

Pine

Pine trees hold tenaciously onto rocky sea coasts and mountain ridges, and so symbolize the qualities of perseverance and longevity.

Willow

Willow

Willow trees have flowing branches that suggest gracefulness, and bright-green spring buds which embody new life and the process of regeneration.

Stone

Stone

Stones, which are featured in East Asian gardens as symbols of mountains, represent the wonder and awe we feel toward the natural world.

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo, which sends up many new shoots in spring that grow to their full height in a few weeks time, has come to represent vigor and vitality.

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus plants grow in muddy ponds but lift their exquisite flowers and leaves high above the water and so have become symbolic of purity and spiritual growth.

Maple

Maple

Japanese maples, with their obvious progression through the seasons, have come to represent the essential, natural process of change.

Six Friends Garden

Six Friends Garden

The teahouse can be used for the enjoyment of both Chinese (L) and Japanese (R) tea gatherings.

Six Friends Garden

六友園

Cornell Plantations

 

​​   The Six Friends Garden is a contemporary East Asian garden designed for the Cornell Plantations. The design is based on the traditional designs and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Within the garden are six interconnected areas each of which features an identifying element: Pine, Willow, Stones, Bamboo, Lotus, and Japanese maples. In East Asian literature and gardening culture, each of those elements — the Six Friends referred to in the name of the garden — represents an aspect of the human experience and a virtue to be aspired to.

 

       Video animation of Garden

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