The first formal Chinese garden in the English city of Cambridge was officially open during the fourth-annual Cambridge Xu Zhimo Poetry and Art Festival.
The China-UK Friendship Garden, which is also known as Xu Zhimo Garden, memorializes the late Chinese poet Xu Zhimo, who was an associate member of King’s College in 1921-22.
Xu wrote the famous poem, Second Farewell to Cambridge, in 1928, after his third visit to thecity.
Filled with his longing for Cambridge, as well as thoughts about his first love affair, the poemhas been learned by millions of schoolchildren in China.
The poem’s first and last lines have been carved into a granite stone that has become one ofCambridge’s most popular tourist attractions.
The idea to create the memorial garden was first developed by Steven Coghill, the seniorhorticulturist at King’s College. The garden took three years to plan and build.
The garden features many plants that grow naturally in Xu’s home province of Zhejiang. It alsocontains plants sourced from neighboring provinces.