Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Breaking Ground, Building Friendships

The Groundbreaking Ceremony began with a traditional dance by St. Anthony’s Lion & Dragon Dance Team.

Mayor Carl Brewer issued a proclamation, making May 25-31, 2014 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week.

The Ceremony took place inside Botanica's New Event Center.

Breaking ground symbolically in a wheel barrow due to wet conditions outside.

From left to right: Cubic Forbes, President of Wichita Chinese Association; Carl Brewer, Mayor of the City of Wichita; Valentina Chappell, President of Wichita Area Sister Cities; Justus Fugate, President of Botanica Board of Trustees; Jayne Milburn (seated), lead donor of the Chinese Garden of Friendship; and Adrienne Rosenberg, Co-Chair of Wichita Area Sister Cities China Committee.

Students of The Independent School sang two songs in Mandarin dedicating the event.

The Wichita Symphony Orchestra – Youth Chamber Players also performed.
Celebration inside. Progress out.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You're Invited...

Chinese Garden of Friendship
Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Meet outside the entrance to the new Event Center
(north of the main building).

Featuring Entertainment, Fortune Cookies and Iced Tea

Join us in the Terrace Room before the Groundbreaking
for a Lunchtime Lecture presentation about the 
Chinese Garden of Friendship at 12:15 p.m.
Lunchtime Lectures are included with membership or admission.

New Signage

New signage printed by ARC Document Solutions shows architectural renderings of the garden.

Gateway to the Garden
Simpson Construction Services crews prepare to pour the Event Center walkway.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

First Look at Construction

Footings for the Entry
Looking at the Entry from Inside the Garden

Patio Footings

Stairway Leading from the Event Center