How to Spend Quality Time in a Tea Garden
Tea Gardens Near Me
Spending quality time with friends or family in a tea garden is a tradition that stems from the underlying belief that the garden encourages the essential trust and cultural understanding that man and nature are one.
What is it like to visit a tea garden? The only way to answer that question is to experience the tea gardens in your area.
For centuries in England, tea gardens accommodations were opened all over the country, with tea being served every afternoon for social and comforting interaction and then dancing in the gardens.
Tea gardens captivate and fascinate people who enjoy drinking tea in a park-like surrounding and then leisurely walk around viewing statues, ponds, and flora. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, tea gardens bring centuries of inspiration to the world.
Bringing cognitive inspiration and emotional response within the viewer is the philosophy of the tea garden. It is a meeting place where you sit with a trusted friend, sharing experiences or problems.
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”— Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Understanding Yin and Yang
China has traditionally owned tea gardens for over 5,000 years ago. The Chinese believe in understanding what makes the environment harmonious, so we live more freely with nature and ourselves.
We need to have a good sense of perception regarding both the natural environment and the human-made environment. To do that, we must unite ourselves with the greater wholeness around us — the Chinese use the Yin-Yang theory to interpret our environment.
The mountain creates a shadow which is known as "Yin" or "negative object." Water provides nutrients for plants to grow, known as "Yang" or "positive object." Mountain and water together are Yin and Yang.
The degree of harmony in a place, like a home or garden, is solely dependent on the balance of Yin and Yang.
"Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world..."— Chiao Jen
Japanese Tea Gardens
The Chinese influenced the first traditional tea gardens in Japan. The underlying foundations for a Japanese tea garden are the essential belief and cultural understanding that man and nature are one.
The philosophy of the tea garden activities is to inspire a cognitive and emotive response within the viewer, creating a scene in the viewer's mind.
Some places make you feel tense or drained, while other areas will bring you a feeling of relaxation or renewed energy. The apparent reason is our physical surroundings are a powerful influence, whether we are aware of it or not.
Imagine drinking tea alone or with a friend in a garden. The symbolism of achieving tranquility and calmness within as well as without is influencing the moment.
“A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy."— Rumer Godden, "Power of Simple Living" by Ellyn Sanna ― Rumer Godden
English Tea Gardens
Historically, English tea gardens were revered, like the Asian heritage, as a place to reflect, relax, and inspire from a long day of work. In the 1730s, tea gardens opened all over England, with tea served every afternoon and then dancing in the gardens.
It was like a tea garden party. The idea of a tea dance blossomed, and tea dances remain fashionable today. Yet today, as a custom, the English spend their time drinking cups of tea throughout the day. It is no longer an occasion but a habit.
Visit a Local Tea Garden
The only way to understand the ritual of being in a tea garden is to visit one. You can spend the afternoon sipping tea and walking around the yard, enjoying the atmosphere, following the path you yearn for, arriving at the pond or near the statues.
Once you experience the overall surroundings fully, ask yourself and your companion if going through this ritual is beneficial. Does it relax you? Inspire you? Are you bored? Do you want to stay longer?
The experience moves you positively, then perhaps you might want to periodically return and even share the experience with family and friends.
© 2017 Kenna McHugh