Chinese city funds garden in Ballsbridge

Cian Dunne

A city in China is set to fund and build, a “Garden of Friendship”, in Ballsbridge, with construction beginning in September.

The Chinese city of Yangzhou is sending craftsmen over to Dublin, in order to construct this new garden, which will take approximately six weeks to complete. The garden will be located in Herbert Park, and by request of the city of Yangzhou, is located near the Chinese embassy on Merrion Road.

The new garden, known as the “Yi Garden”, which directly translates to Garden of Friendship, will be approximately 20m x 10m in size and will be located in the eastern corner of Herbert Park.

“The garden includes a shelter, planting, seating, a rockery, a pond and waterfall,” said Senior Executive Park Superintendent, Michael Noonan. “Yangzhou City will cover the cost of the garden construction on site by Chinese craftsmen who will travel from China. There will also be ancillary costs for Dublin City Council which will be covered in the existing Parks budget.”

The Yi Garden was originally exhibited at the Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park this year. The garden was offered to the Dublin City Council, as a gesture of friendship from China, as a symbol of good relations between the two countries.

This is not the first time a Chinese city has given Dublin the gift of a garden. St Anne’s park in Clontarf received an Irish Suzhou Garden, which was originally designed and constructed by the City of Suzhou Garden Bureau, for Bloom 2011.

The first ever international show garden that was presented in the Bloom Festival, was a gift from the Chinese people to the people of Ireland, to coincide with Dublin’s twinning with Beijing in 2011.

Speaking about the construction of the Yi Garden in Dublin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy, Mr Walter Pan, said: “We were happy to learn of the news and are supportive of this friendly gesture by Yangzhou City”.

Cian Dunne

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