Tea For Two

An entwinement of traditional tea ceremonies and traditions

BALI Yorkshire and North East Region show garden ‘Tea for Two’ celebrates two very different traditions and ceremonies surrounding tea. The garden takes inspiration from the very English tradition of ‘afternoon tea’ and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, bringing them together in an effortless and simplistic manner.

One part of the ‘Tea for Two’ garden celebrates the English tradition of afternoon tea – an act made popular and sociable by Ann Maria Stanhope during the 18th century. The other half of the garden focuses on the traditional Japanese tea ceremony; a ritualised form of preparing and presenting tea.

When compared, it is interesting to consider how fundamentally similar both traditions are; in essence, a meeting of people to share and enjoy a traditional experience. ‘Tea for Two’ is where these two different yet similar ideas are entwined as one.