Balancing Yin and Yang: The place of Chinese philosophy in garden construction

Why is the water in the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden green and not clear? Why are there bat-shaped door fittings, and why are windows sometimes shaped like paper fans? Many people know about ‘Yin and Yang’ from popular culture, but do you know they lie behind the design and beauty of the NYCSG?

In Balancing Yin and Yang: The place of Chinese philosophy in garden construction with Dr. Andrew Lambert, explore how yin and yang and other ideas from ancient Chinese wisdom books like the The Book of Changes or the Dao De Jing are embodied within the garden. You’ll understand how a sense of the traditional Chinese worldview is brought to life within its walls. After the presentation, we will tour the garden to see these ideas in action!

WHEN: April 25 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (45-minute lecture, 15 minutes Q&A, 30-minute tour)
WHERE: Meet at the VIsitor Info Booth on Chapel Road
ADMISSION: $12 | Students/Seniors/Snug Harbor Members get 10% off admission


This program is made possible with funding provided by the New York City Council through the Cultural Immigrant Initiative, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Snug Harbor thanks Council Members Joseph Borelli, Steven Matteo and Debi Rose for their generous allocations. This presentation is a collaboration between Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden Education and College of Staten Island East Asian Studies Program. The Friends of the Chinese Scholar’s Garden provides continuing support in the maintenance of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden.