New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden to officially reopen this weekend

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A special portion of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is officially reopening this week.

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, which closed in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will begin to welcome visitors again on Saturday. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” said Aileen Fuchs, president and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. “We’re thrilled to make this local treasure available once more for our community to find peace and wellness, and to enjoy the dynamic culture represented by the garden’s details and story.”

Snug Harbor staff members are urging visitors to maintain a distance of six feet from other guests, wear a mask while in the garden, practice good hygiene and stay home if they are sick.

Tickets, which are on sale inside Cottage E, are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+) and students, and free for children 5 and under and active military members through the Blue Star program. Entrance into Snug Harbor is free and there is ample parking.

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden officially opened in June 1999 and is one of only two authentic classical Chinese scholars gardens in the United States. Materials were shipped to Staten Island in the spring of 1998, when a team of 40 Chinese artists and artisans from Suzhou constructed the garden. It has since attracted thousands and been the center of private events along with film and photo shoots.

This time last year, the CBS television show “Madam Secretary” filmed inside the garden.

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden is located in the southwest corner of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr. in Livingston, near the Healing Garden and the Connie Gretz Secret Garden. For more information, visit

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