Chinese Garden Next Phase
The first phase of what is one of the largest classical Chinese gardens outside of Asia opened at The Huntington in 2008. Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, Garden of Flowing Fragrance, includes a lake, seven pavilions, and five hand-carved stone bridges, built by over 60 Suzhou artisans from authentic materials shipped from China. The garden also includes numerous “poetic views,” rich in literary associations, and natural and architectural features set amidst a landscape of plants native to China and Southern California.
Working with our partners in Suzhou, we are now designing the next phase of the garden, which will complete the lakeside pavilions and add new areas for education and enjoyment. A boat-shaped pavilion, a hillside viewing pavilion, a stage and courtyard, a penjing court, a rockery, and a small and secure gallery are among the key elements of this next phase of development.
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The Garden of Flowing Fragrance is privately funded and, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local, national, and international donors, we received gifts totaling $18.3 million to build the garden’s first phase. We are now seeking $30 million to design, build, operate, and endow the next phase.
Recognition opportunities within the garden begin at $100,000. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and will be recognized appropriately.
Under the leadership of June Li 李關德霞, curator of the Chinese garden, we continue to craft a number of exciting programs, including a lecture series, Chinese New Year festival, continuing education courses, and a docent training program. We have also organized symposiums on Asian and Chinese gardens, and exhibitions of Chinese art. The Garden of Flowing Fragrance offers an incomparable means of educating visitors about Chinese art, literature, architecture, botany, and culture.
The Huntington is seeking contributions for this project on an ongoing basis. For information, please email Suzy Moser
, associate vice president for Advancement, or call 626-405-2277.