1959, out of affection for the people of San Jose, Mildred Overfelt bestowed a
gift of 33 acres to the City for a park "so there will be a place where people
can find quiet contemplation in nature and beauty. . ."
Cultural Garden is a feature of Overfelt Garden Park and was inspired in 1971
by Frank and Pauline Lowe.
deeply cherished the heritage of his native China and his adopted American
His vision to broaden the understanding between Eastern and Western
in a tranquil and beautiful setting achieved this, while fulfilling Mildred
Overfelt’s original intent.
partnership with the City of San José transformed six acres of Overfelt Gardens
into a delightful setting of traditional Chinese culture, philosophy and architecture.
The Chinese Cultural Garden represents the untiring efforts of Mr. Lowe and Dr.
Chen Li-Fu of Taiwan plus many other citizens who saw the wisdom and value of
this cultural collaboration for future generations, believing in the fulfillment
of a dream that would advance peace and harmony.
generation, American born Pauline Lowe, wife of Frank Lowe, was also instrumental
in the development of the Chinese Cultural Garden. Today she can be found at the
park giving tours to classroom children during the week and greeting visitors
every weekend. With her assistance, guests are taken on a journey through time,
history, nature, legend and thoughtful reflections within the beauty of the park
environment. Mrs. Lowe asserts that, “each item in this Park can be used to help
anyone better understand life as the art of living . . . “ She has been doing
this since 1977.
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