Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

February 25, 2010

Visit some of China's best gardens next week without a passport

Lynette Tsiang, a landscape designer who uses Asian design principles and plants to create New England gardens with echoes of the Far East, will present a slideshow presentation featuring six garden areas of China at the Andover Garden Club's membership meeting next Tuesday.

Attendees will vicariously visit the vernacular landscape of Jingxi (1130), considered a Chinese "Venice," and examine six classical scholar gardens located in Suzhou. Design techniques unique to Chinese gardens will be discussed.

The slideshow will be presented on Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. There is no charge for members and a $5 charge for guests. Refreshments are provided. A graduate of the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Tsiang is a residential landscape designer who operates Lynette Tsiang Landscape Design in Lexington. She specializes in designing Asian-style, shade, and water gardens, and also designs public and memorial gardens. She is a member of tThe New England Landscape Design and the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign).

Founded in 1927, the Andover Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that encourages the study and practice of horticulture, landscape design, and floral design; aids in the beautification of the town of Andover; and helps protect and conserve natural resources. The club provides both financial and hands-on support to a variety of municipal, educational, and environmental organizations throughout the region. Information about joining the Andover Garden Club is available from AGC membership chairman Anne Feeney, 978-475-7119, pianopasta@comcast.net.

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