Portland Classical Chinese Garden
The idea for a Chinese Classical Garden emerged when Suzhou, China was selected as Portland’s sister city. In 1991, Ben Ngan began a commitment to help plan, design, fundraise and advocate for the garden. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Classical Chinese Garden Society, he worked with Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architectural Design (SILAD), chairing a committee of professionals and city staff to oversee the initial design work.
Nevue Ngan Associates worked with SILAD to assist with the design and construction documents for the garden, which opened in September 2000. Ever since, Ben has been a member of the Garden's Board of Directors.