The Early Years: US-China Peoples Friendship Association-MN Chapter’s China Garden Committee
The China Garden Committee began with the seed of an idea between Professor C.C. Hsiao and Linda Mealey-Lohmann in 2000. Lamenting the fact that at that time there were five Japanese Gardens in the Twin Cities, but no Chinese Gardens, the seed was planted and C.C. and Linda formed the China Garden Committee of USCPFA-MN under the leadership of President Mary Warpeha. The goal was to build a China Friendship Garden in Minnesota.
Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society
After several years of researching the major China Gardens in the U.S. and Canada, and researching the history, garden and architecture design, and philosophy of China Gardens, Professor C.C. Hsiao and Linda Mealey-Lohmann, of the USCPFA-MN China Garden Committee, co-founded the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, in 2005. The mission of the Garden Society is to establish China Friendship Gardens in Minnesota in order to further promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, Weiming Lu became a trusted Advisor and worked closely with the China Garden Society since its inception. Read the historical context for the sister relationship and the China Friendship Garden here. Read more about Dr. C.C. Hsiao here.