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Saturday, November 3, 2013

“One hundred years of creating style, flair and a business that has powered through despair: Chinatown’s Modernize Tailors has been through it all, tailoring suits for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone and more,” says Metro News.

The shop first opened in 1913 and today still remains open. Bill Wong, 91, is the Wong family’s last tailor.

On November 3rd the Garden was proud to host the 100th anniversary of Modernize Tailors followed by a 2 month long exhibition with history boards and artifacts strewn around the Hall of One Hundred Rivers. In honour of this remarkable centennial, the City of Vancouver officially declared November 3rd Modernize Tailors Day and to accompany such great news, Modernize Tailors also received congratulatory certificates signed by Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

October 31, 2013 | The Province
November 3, 2013 | The Metro
November 15, 2013 | We Vancouver
November 19, 2013 | The Source


Friday, July 27, 2012

The Garden is featured in today’s Metro News. the Garden’s roof tiles are falling apart after 26 years of service and weather damage. We are trying to raise awareness and funds to maintain and restore the unique architectural features for this Vancouver treasure. The Garden plans to renew its worn roof tiles with a much longer lasting solution while maintaining the authentic look. The first step is to produce the tiles at a cost of $88,000. The current fundraising total is at $17,000 and with your help we hope to continue this crucial project and create a legacy that will last a lifetime! On Thursday, August 9th 2012, the Garden will host its annual fundraising event – Evening in the Garden. The funds generated will also support our community and educational programs.

To read the full Metro News article:

Contact Mirjana Galovich at to find out different ways to support the Garden. Thank you.


 Tuesday, April 24, 2012


What a fantastic way to celebrate Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s 26th anniversary on April 24, 2012! The Garden received a special plaque from The Vancouver Heritage Foundation, marking the Garden as one of the 125 historic sites that matters to Vancouverites.

Places That Matter is a plaque project celebrating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Vancouver. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation went through a public nomination process in 2011, then brought together a group of local historians, artists, and heritage consultants etc. to finalize the 125 locations.

The Garden is the second site that received this plaque. It was honored to have Geoff Meggs, Shirley Chan, Diane Switzer to present this meaningful moment to the public. The plaque will be proudly displayed at the Garden.


Friday, April 20, 2012


On April 13, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the proud winner of the title “Canadian Garden Tourism Garden of the Year 2012” awarded by Canadian Garden Tourism Council, in consultation with a Canadian and international jury network. The Garden was awarded for providing a world-class garden experience as well as a significant cultural heritage to local and international visitors. The Council also acknowledged the Garden’s title of “World’s Top City Garden”, recently named by National Geographic.

The Garden’s Executive Director Kathy Gibler gratefully accepted the Award. Gibler said “We are so honored to be recognized in our own country as one of the top garden and cultural attractions. We are very touched to see that our efforts are enhancing our visitors’ experience and promoting Vancouver to the world.”

The award was presented at the Annual Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards Luncheon, sponsored by VIA Rail Canada and hosted by VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.

For a complete list of winners, please visit Garden Tourism Conference









Left to right: Geoff Meggs (Deputy Mayor, City of Vancouver), Shirley Chan (President of the Board, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden), and Diane Switzer (Executive Director, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation)


(Left to right) Lesley Tannen, BCLNA; Kathy Gibler, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; Michele McKenzie, president & CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission

Click here to download the Garden tourism award press release (PDF, 60KB)

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