Botanica will be staging groundbreaking for its new Chinese Garden of Friendship, Wednesday, May 28th.

The groundbreaking will take place at 1 p.m. outside the entrance to the new Event Center.

The groundbreaking event will include comments by key members of the project.

Following the ceremony is a reception in the new Event Center and Rich and Marni Vliet

Dome & Grand Hall, featuring entertainment, fortune cookies and tea.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is modeled after a Scholar-type Chinese garden and

will be located at the northeast corner of Botanica.

Built in honor of Wichita's friendship with Kaifeng, its sister city in China, the Chinese Garden of Friendship will demonstrate

traditional Chinese architecture, art and culture.

The garden will feature a dragon wall, two pavilions, a bridge, pond and stream,