The Chinese Scholar’s Garden

A relative newcomer to the city, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden opened in 1999 as the only garden of its kind in the country. It was designed as a typical scholar’s garden from the Ming Dynasty. The layout, attention to detail, and overall atmosphere of the place is amazing. You really feel like you’ve been transported to China. Let’s face it, there are few reasons one would visit Staten Island. This one is worth your time.

One of the most thoughtful touches to this garden is that it reveals itself slowly. There are layers to this place as you keep discovering another entrance to walk through and another new part of the garden to explore.

Chinese Scholar's Garden

Chinese Scholar's Garden

Chinese Scholar's Garden

Chinese Scholar's Garden

Chinese Scholar's Garden

The pavillions on the grounds are also worth a peek inside. Some have antique furniture inside.
Chinese Scholar's Garden

An interesting architectural detail are these “leaky” windows scattered throughout. Their purpose is to “leak” the view from the other side to make one anticipate the visit to this other scenery.
Chinese Scholar's Garden

The slow-moving fish lend a tranquil air to the garden.
Chinese Scholar's Garden

The Chinese Scholar’s Garden is located inside the Staten Island Botanical Garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center- 1000 Richmond Terrace (between Tysen Street and Snug Harbor Road). The garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Admission to the Staten Island Botanical Garden is free, but the Chinese Scholar’s Garden has a separate fee of $5. Although I visited in the spring, it is probably better to see this place in the fall, when the trees provide a fiery contrast against the white walls. The best way to get here is by car. Since the directions will vary widely by where you’re coming from, you should use google maps to plan your route.


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2 Responses to “The Chinese Scholar’s Garden”

  1. Orlick Says:


  2. ronrogersphotography Says:

    Lovely shots!

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