Monday, December 22, 2014


If you've had the joy of visiting Botanica this holiday season for Illuminations, you may have noticed the Chinese Garden of Friendship was also aglow. Lighting has been installed as well as preliminary landscaping. Oh, and the dragon has feet!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Sunny Day in December

The outer wall of the Garden and rooftop of the Treasured Friend Pavilion 珍友亭

Outer wall and rooftop of the Rose Wind Pavilion 薇風廊 

Entrance to the Garden

Entrance details.

Rose Wind Pavilion 薇風廊

Can you see the Dragon's hind leg?

Treasured Friend Pavilion 珍友亭

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Chinese Garden Featured in the Wichita Eagle

When people go to Botanica for Illuminations this holiday season, they’ll notice some imposing new structures — a wall running along the parking lot to their right as they enter, and the tell-tale curved rooflines of the Chinese Garden of Friendship that is under construction.

The Chinese garden is not expected to open until June — its opening having been delayed a couple of times — but much of the hardscape is done, Botanica director Marty Miller said earlier this week. He expects that structural part of the garden to be finished by the end of November, when the area will pretty much be left alone for winter. Come spring, plants will go in, tilework will be done, the pond and stream will be filled with water, and koi fish will call it home.

- Taken from the Wichita Eagle 11/15/2014. Read the full article by Annie Calovich with photos here.

A claw of the dragon sculpture by Jennie Becker. 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Dragons and Roof Beasts, oh my!

Finished roof on the Garden's Entrance with Pick Koks on each corner.

Work has begun on the Rose Wind Pavilion 薇風廊 roof. Can you find the roof beast waiting to be installed?

Eave and drip tiles alternate, watched over by a roof beast. 

Roof beasts face North and South on the Rose Wind Pavilion rooftop. The Garden's Entrance is in the background.  

View from the roof facing South.

View from the roof facing Northwest. Do you see the Dragon Wall's tail?

The Dragon Wall and Treasured Friend Pavilion 珍友亭 (Facing North)

The Dragon Wall and Garden's Entrance (Facing South)

Treasured Friend Pavilion from outside the Garden

Rocks representing the Yellow Mountains (View from inside the Treasured Friend Pavilion)

Qingming Mural Wall

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tails and Tiles from China

As the dragon wall takes shape, the roof tiles have finally arrived from China and are being installed.

This roof tile is called a Pik Kok. It is actually two pieces. Can you see the dragon?

Now can you see him?

The Dragon Wall creeps through the Garden.
Pervious concrete is a special type of concrete with a high porosity that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through.

Forms are set for the Qingming Mural Wall.