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Goal for Phase II: $22 million
Total Raised as of June 12, 2014: $12 million
(including $1 million in equivalent RMB)
The Chinese Garden's Next Phase Gets Under Way
If you thought it was beautiful already, just wait until you see what the future holds for Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. And you won’t have long to wait: Construction of the second phase of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden is now officially under way. A group of 23 artisans from Suzhou, China, arrived in late September to begin working with Valley Crest Landscape Companies on three new features on the west and north sides of the lake. (The south and east sides were completed in the garden’s first phase, which opened to visitors in 2008.)
The new elements include a rock grotto, eloquently named Lingering Clouds Peak, and two tile-roofed buildings: the boat-shaped Waveless Boat Pavilion and the Clear and Transcendent Pavilion, the latter of which will serve as a performance space.
Development of this portion of the garden continues The Huntington’s international partnership with the Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture and Design and the skilled carpenters, stone masons, and tile experts of Suzhou Construction. Earlier work by this team on the garden’s existing features has been much praised for the authentic craftsmanship that evokes the classical 16th century “scholar’s gardens” that inspired Liu Fang Yuan.
The garden remains open to visitors during construction, which is expected to continue through early spring. Stop by the garden for a cup of jasmine tea and check out the progress on your next visit.
View Phase II progress. Images courtesy of Ryan Tiet, Cotton Love Studios.
Funding for Phase II of the Garden of Flowing Fragrance is being made possible by gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations, and by generous in-kind donations. To date, $11 million of the $22 million goal has been received. Donors of $10,000 or more receive permanent listing on the group donor wall. For $100,000 or more, special name recognition is available at sites within the garden. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thanks to the following donors who have made gifts of $100,000 or more to Phase II of Liu Fang Yuan since Jan. 1, 2013:
Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation
The Cheng Family Foundation
Richard M. Bressler
Andrew and Peggy Cherng and the Panda Restaurant Group
Judith Mong Gwai Fong
In memory of Marian Prentice Huntington and her son John Brockway Huntington: Marian Prentice Huntington Schinske, Elizabeth Gompertz Huntington, and Julie Bates Huntington de Polo
Michael, Eva, Aaron, Morgan, and Nathan Jen
Jennie Kiang and HYI
Michael, Michelle, and Rachel Lee
The Li Family: Hailin, Xiaoyan, Xiang, Han, Irwin
Judy Yin Shih and Joel Axelrod
Richard and Bobbie Woo
J. Yang and Family Foundation
The Zhang Family: Sophia, Jeffrey, Caren, and Johnny Zhang
And a special thanks to these in-kind donors:
COSCO–China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company
The Dedeaux Family and DART Trucking Company
Lines Elizabeth Dong and Samuel Liu, Owners of SBT Bus Line
The Lincoln Plaza Hotel