New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden

Laurence Hazell enjoys the time he spends in the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden each week by pulling weeds and cutting bamboo in the garden- which can be quite the task.

Laurence is a St. George resident who moved to the United States from England over 20 years ago. He was a barrister in England before moving to the United States and just recently retired from S & P- looking to fill up his time post-retirement. He has been volunteering in the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden since October (in the warmer months of course) to give this hidden Staten Island gem a little T-L-C. To Laurence, volunteering is a way to show investment in his community, since he knows that not every project can be funded. He adds that donation through time is just as important.

He loves many cultural attractions on Staten Island – some of his favorite including Snug Harbor, the beach and boardwalk and the waterfront views. He encourages visitors who ride the Staten Island Ferry (and also notes it is “probably the best free ride in the city”) to get off the boat and explore the North Shore and all it has to offer.

Watch Laurence’s interview on our YouTube channel – “Visit Staten Island” – and visit the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden which is located on Snug Harbor’s campus! The garden is open Tuesday- Friday from 10a.m.-5p.m. More information can be found at

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