Theasophie Tea Gathering

An Elegant Gathering of Leaves & Flowers

By the Eastern fence, chrysanthemums bloom yellow.

But who can explain how they would improve the flavor of tea?

Enjoy the warming and sweet fragrances of exquisite autumn harvest Pu’er teas as they commingle with the brilliant splendor of Lan Su's seasonal chrysanthemum display, Mumvember. Tea and chrysanthemums - rustic and refined, simple yet scholarly - come together at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Join Brian Kirbis with Theasophie and contemplate the literary and aesthetic traditions of these two quintessential symbols of Chinese culture.

Included free with Lan Su  membership or admission. No registration is required. 

About the Presenter

Theasophie is a tea organization representing Yunhaizhidian in the United States. Theasophie has presented in many venues, teahouses, universities, museums, and botanical gardens throughout the United States and China. Brian S. Kirbis lives and works in Xishuangbanna, home to the world’s oldest tea gardens. Trained in environmental and medical anthropology, Brian is committed to understanding the intertwined ecological, cultural and spiritual dimensions of tea and promoting tea culture in the West.


Lan Su Chinese Garden

During November, Lan Su Chinese Garden will be packed with more than 750 potted chrysanthemums artistically displayed throughout the garden.

More than 75 different chrysanthemum varieties will unfurl in all colors, shapes and sizes including: spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics and more! Take in the oranges, reds and yellows of autumn to unusually bright pinks, pale lavenders, lime green, and even stripes of the chrysanthemum.

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Plan Your Visit

Lan Su Chinese Garden offers infinite paths to discovery, whether you are a visitor simply taking in the beauty of the garden for the first time or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse.  One visit just isn’t enough to take in the depth and abundance of experiences. Lan Su is ever-changing—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Learn more and plan your visit today.

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