Flashback Minis: Japanese Tea Garden
WARREN, Ohio — Large red and green pillars in Packard Park in Warren surround four picnic tables. The setup is part of the Japanese Tea Garden established by William Doud Packard, who was a part of Packard Motor Co. and Packard Electric.
At the time of its dedication in 1915, Packard Park’s Japanese Tea Garden was only the second tea garden in the country. Packard was inspired after visiting the first in San Francisco.
The country was infatuated with Asian culture at the time, and he saw the tea garden as a way to provide a relaxing atmosphere while also captivating the interest of local residents.
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