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How to Spend Quality Time in a Tea Garden

Updated on June 7, 2020
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Kenna writes about the care of plants, both indoors and out. She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.

Tea gardens are relaxing, sharing stories, helping a friend, or just being there.
Tea gardens are relaxing, sharing stories, helping a friend, or just being there. | Source

Tea Gardens Near Me

Spending quality time with friends or family in a tea garden is a tradition that stems from the underlying summations for the garden is the essential belief 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.

Tea Gardens

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 garden 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.

Bring 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.

Relax and have a cup of tea.
Relax and have a cup of tea.

“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 traditionally owns tea gardens 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, which is 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 symbolic 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 were 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, the English, as a custom, is known for 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, 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


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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Zia, No. I don't have a herb garden for tea. But, I do have culinary herbs in individual pots. And, I have a mint plant near the birdbath in the yard. I wrote this article for a friend who is from Japan. That is how I arrived at Yin Yang. I decided to spice it up and publish it here. Thank you for the comments.

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      Zia Uddin 

      2 years ago from UK

      I like the idea of yin yang tea lol. Nah, i'll stick to my usual spot of tea in England. Nice hub by the way and hope you grow your own tea garden in North California which I believe is hot enough to grow tea plants.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California

      I am curious as to what kind of tea you are enjoying.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California

      Mary, I know what you mean. Tea gardens are calming and rehabilitating. Though, I am curious, what kind of tea are you enjoying?

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am having tea now and enjoying it though it would have been better in a tea garden.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California


      Thanks for sharing your comments. Yes. Japan and English Tea Gardens are quite different. Japan is more spiritual while English is more traditional. Both are beneficial to life and livingness.

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      3 years ago from london

      Yes, it's like a meditation and very relaxing. I did not know that much about this English side of it, but it's perfected in Japan. Still, I really love the English countryside and the tea and scones there are so much better. The cafe's are cozy and relaxing too.

      Nice Hub.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      3 years ago from Northern California

      I had so much fun writing this article because I would love to have a tea garden.


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