One Hundred Years in The Huntington’s Japanese Garden: Harmony with Nature features 140 illustrations and essays by experts in botany, history, and architectural preservation
Sept. 11, 2013
SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announces the worldwide release of One Hundred Years in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden: Harmony with Nature,
a lavishly illustrated book on the history of the institution’s iconic
and beloved garden. The book traces the garden’s history from its
development as part of a Gilded Age millionaire’s fashionable estate
through its quiet deterioration and neglect during World War II and its
resurgence in the 1950s as a showcase for Japanese culture and garden
arts to its comprehensive renovation in 2012, the year of its
For more than a century, the Japanese Garden at The
Huntington has served as a bellwether for the West’s engagement with
Asian culture. With its distinctive moon bridge, wisteria arbors,
koi-filled ponds, bonsai courts, bamboo forest, and historical Japanese
House, the nine-acre garden has captivated visitors, who have made it
one of the most photographed spots in Southern California.
One Hundred Years in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden
is edited by T. June Li, curator of the Chinese Garden at The
Huntington, with contributions by Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art
history at California State University, Long Beach, and noted expert on
the history of Japanese landscape and gardens outside of Japan; James
Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The
Huntington; Naomi Hirahara, a journalist and novelist who is an
authority on Japanese culture in Southern California; Robert Hori,
director of advancement and strategic initiatives at the Japanese
American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles and cultural
curator of the Japanese Garden; and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, the
architect in charge of the centennial preservation and renovation of the
historic Japanese House.
About the Author
June Li joined The Huntington in 2004 to establish the historical and
cultural context for its Chinese Garden, the first phase of which opened
in 2008. Previously, she had been associate curator of Chinese and
Korean art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At The Huntington,
she founded a series of educational and music programs that explore the
many facets of Chinese garden culture, including its relationship to
Japan and other East Asian countries.
Edited by: T. June Li
Publisher: Huntington Library Press
Format: cloth, 192 pages, 9 × 11 ½ inches, 90 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations, 1 map
Release date: August 2013
CONTACTS: Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, email@example.com
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About The Huntington Library Press
Established in 1920, the Huntington Library Press
is one of Southern California’s oldest book publishers. Its current
publishing agenda includes a quarterly journal for scholars and a
mixture of scholarly books, conference papers, exhibition catalogs,
facsimiles from The Huntington’s collections, and visitor publications.
of specialization are British and American literature and history,
especially the 16th to the 18th centuries; 19th-century western American
history; British art, especially of the 18th century; and horticultural
topics relating to plants and plant culture in a Mediterranean climate.
These are distributed worldwide, mostly to college and research
libraries, and provide examples of the scholarly and research activities
possible at The Huntington. More about the Huntington Library Press.
About The Huntington
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a
collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars
and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be
found online at huntington.org.
|Japanese Garden, 1913. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
|Japanese Garden, 2013. The Huntington Library, Art Collections,
and Botanical Gardens. Photo: John Sullivan.