Open the card to a classical Asian tea garden, featuring an ornate teak pavilion and the natural elements of water, stones, and plants. Red pine and bamboo create texture and shadows.
In Asia, tea gardens have literary and poetic significance. These exquisite gardens are oases of pristine beauty and divine tranquility.
Asian gardens had profound influence on the evolution of both Eastern and Western garden art. These ensembles of buildings, rock formations, calligraphy, furniture, and decorative artistic pieces are showcases of artistic achievements and traditional Asian culture.
Our tea garden scene is based on the classical gardens of Suzhou, a World Heritage site in China dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). The flawless miniature landscape emphasizes the profound harmony between man and nature — Suzhou’s gardens are regarded as masterpieces of the genre. Today, guests are welcome to visit the gardens and wander the paths, enjoying fragrant flora, rippling ponds and quiet pavilions along the way.
This is a card for a poet, a tea drinker, a gardener, a historian, for a birthday, anniversary, for zen serenity, or a romantic occasion.
Chinese Tea Proverbs:
Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.
A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water.
A hasty man drinks his tea with a fork.
Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.
The guest who seeks special attention muddies the host’s tea.
Japanese Tea Proverbs:
Cold tea and cold rice are tolerable; cold looks and cold words aren’t.
If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
A bath refreshes the body, tea refreshes the mind.
And the Englishman:
A man without a mustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.
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
A story is a garden you carry in your pocket. ~Alexandra Curry