An expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington in San Marino is being readied for its March debut, with new pavilions and features designed for performance and contemplation. A view of the Chinese garden Liu Fang Yuan is seen inside the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, the United States, April 21, 2019. 303–361), who wrote the preface to the collected poems. A Chinese garden, the largest outside of China, was dedicated on February 26, 2008 after artisans from Suzhou, China spent some six months at Huntington to construct the first phase of the newest facility. Visitor Information The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The name recalls the legendary gathering of poets at the Orchid Pavilion in Shaoxing in 353, immortalized by the great calligrapher Wang Xizhi 王羲之 (ca. These include a new art gallery and a traditional scholar’s studio, as well as a casual restaurant. “One of our primary goals in building Liu Fang Yuan was to make Chinese gardening traditions—including landscape design, architecture, art, and poetry—accessible to a wide audience of both Chinese and non-Chinese visitors,” said Phillip E. Bloom, the June and Simon K. C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies. Ticketing and other important visitor information can be found at huntington.org/visit. Enthusiastically supported by the local community, the garden has quickly become a nexus for cross-cultural exchange. Los Angeles architect Jim Fry developed the detailed construction plans for the expansion based on the conceptual designs of the Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture Design in China. Photo by Aric Allen. Opportunities to visit the new sections of the garden prior to opening are available on a limited basis by advance reservations. In 2014, two new pavilions and a rock grotto were added. Visitors will be treated to 11.5 new acres of landscape, pavilions, and other features in Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. The inaugural exhibition in the art gallery, “A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan,” is set to open in May 2021. “The Chinese Garden has been more than two decades in the making, and the opening of this expanded section is the realization of the long-shared vision that countless individuals have worked toward: generous community donors, architects and designers from China and the United States, hardworking staff and volunteers, and many others,” said James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. If you are with the news media, call 626-405-2269 or email us. Cultural programming slated to coincide with the opening will include a virtual screening of the video “Fragrant Rhythms: The Seasons of Liu Fan Yuan” 漢庭溢彩,雅園流芳 by artist Tang Qingnian, on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Through its Center for East Asian Garden Studies, The Huntington uses the Chinese Garden as the focal point for a wide variety of lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and performances that help promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Together, these features will serve as a center for future cultural programming. The following year, more than 50 Chinese artisans from the Suzhou Garden Development Co. spent six months at The Huntington carrying out specialized carpentry, masonry, and tile work for the traditional structures in the final phase. High resolution images available upon request, 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108 626-405-2100© The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, © The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, NEW: Virtual School Programs for Fall 2020, The Shapiro Center for American History & Culture, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Residential Institute in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography. To say that it took a village and a few decades to create the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Garden’s Liu Fang Yuan (the Garden of Flowing Fragrance) wouldn’t be an exaggeration. These big redwoods were likely planted before anyone knew or cared that they are not happy with the local climate. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington Library broke ground on a major expansion to its Chinese Garden, also known as “Liu Fang Yuan,” the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, on Aug. 28, 2018. See all. For the multi-year expansion of the Chinese Garden, a … “Flowing fragrance” (liu fang 流芳) refers to the scents of the flowers and trees throughout the year as the seasons turn. In 2008, The Huntington established its Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, which is one of the largest and most authentic classical-style gardens outside of China. Hubble’s papers are part of the Library’s holdings in the history of science. In addition, a special display of orchids throughout the Chinese Garden will celebrate the debut of the expanded features. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens (2,409) 3 min. Courtyard of Assembled Worthies 集賢院 – Paved with intricate pebble mosaics, this expansive courtyard links the exiting Clear and Transcendent pavilion on the north side of the lake—a frequent site of concerts and performances—with the new exhibition complex. “The debut of these new sections of the Chinese Garden coincides with the conclusion of The Huntington’s yearlong Centennial Celebration, and symbolically opens a new chapter in the institution’s history.”. The inaugural exhibition in the art gallery, “A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan,” is set to open in May 2021. “The debut of these new sections of the Chinese Garden coincides with the conclusion of The Huntington’s yearlong Centennial Celebration, and symbolically opens a new chapter in the institution’s history.”. (Some of my favorites, which can be seen in the background at the beginning of the Andy Griffith Show, are in Franklin Canyon Park.) Reflections in the Stream and Fragrance of Orchids Pavilion 映水蘭香 – Shaded by mature California oaks near a gently flowing stream, this delicate 308-sq.-ft. pavilion is a place to pause, meditate, and be poetically inspired. In 2014, two new pavilions and a rock grotto were added. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Adjacent to the gallery is the Flowery Brush Library 筆花書房, a hall designed in the style of a scholar’s studio—a garden retreat traditionally used to create paintings and calligraphy. By May S. Ruiz . The opening was delayed by Covid restrictions, but now the Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens is finally unveiling the rest of its expanse on Friday, Oct. 9. Speciality & Gift Shops. And we’ll have the opportunity to see the completed project and revel in all the pleasures within when the expanded Chinese Garden opens on Oct. 9, 2020. After a nearly five-month postponement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will open the outdoor areas of the highly anticipated expansion of its renowned Chinese Garden on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition will feature Chinese calligraphy. SAN MARINO, Calif.— The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that, with the majority of funding in place, it is launching the final phase of construction on its renowned Chinese Garden, known by the poetic name Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. This brings the combined total cost of the garden to about $54.6 million, all of which was raised from individual, corporate, and foundation gifts. Timed entry tickets (purchased online in advance at huntington.org) are required for The Huntington as a whole, and visitors must comply with all mandated safety requirements, including a pre-entry symptom check, wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing while on the property. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A gourd-shaped window frames a view and is an artful element in its own right. INDOOR SPACES TO OPEN AT A LATER DATE: The art gallery, Studio for Lodging the Mind å¯“意齋, is a 1,720-sq.-ft. climate- and light-controlled building at the northern end of the garden that will showcase changing exhibitions of Chinese artworks, both contemporary and historical. Jagged rock formations and miniature potted trees accent the newly expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical … The newest place to commune with ethereally imagined nature will be right here, in the city of San Marino. SAN MARINO, Calif.— After a nearly five-month postponement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will open the outdoor areas of the highly anticipated expansion of its renowned Chinese Garden on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Expansion of Huntington’s Chinese Garden, Garden Myth: Sterilize Garden Tools With Vinegar. And a large open space overlooking the lake, the Terrace of Shared Delights è¡†æ¨‚臺, will be used for banquets, festivals, and other gatherings. “The Chinese Garden has been more than two decades in the making, and the opening of this expanded section is the realization of the long-shared vision that countless individuals have worked toward: generous community donors, architects and designers from China and the United States, hardworking staff and volunteers, and many others,” said James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. 303–361), who wrote the preface to the collected poems. Online lectures related to the opening will include “The Pleasures of Chinese Gardens” by curator Phillip E. Bloom on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m., and “The Past and Future of The Huntington’s Asian Gardens” by James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. Reservations can be made for free at huntington.org/calendar. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition will feature Chinese calligraphy. There is so much to see, you’ll certainly need two or more days, especially if you want to visit not only the gardens, but the museums as well. With this last phase of construction now complete, Liu Fang Yuan has expanded from its initial 3.5 acres to 15 acres, becoming one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world. “The penjing complex, for example, provides a window onto a centuries-old horticultural art form, and the new art gallery will anchor an exhibition and performance complex for which we are planning a robust slate of public programs, lectures, concerts, academic symposia, school programs, and other cultural offerings.”. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Photo by Aric Allen. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. View of the Lake of Reflected Fragrance, showing some of the original features that opened in 2008 (l–r): the Pavilion of the Three Friends, the Jade Ribbon Bridge, and the Hall of the Jade Camellia. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The video was produced during Tang’s residency as the Cheng Family Visiting Artist in 2019. With this last phase of construction now complete, Liu Fang Yuan has expanded from its initial 3.5 acres to 15 acres, becoming one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world. These include a new art gallery and a traditional scholar’s studio, as well as a casual restaurant. Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive City Pass: 40+ attractions and theme parks. Well, today a vastly expanded version of the already exceptional Chinese Garden finally opens to the public. Groundbreaking on the garden’s final section began in August 2018. The Courtyard of Assembled Worthies in the expanded northern section of the garden, with the Flowery Brush Library at left. ( Log Out /  Hubble’s papers are part of the Library’s holdings in the history of science. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Grand Opening of The Huntington’s Chinese Garden Expansion, Including New Pavilions, Art Gallery and Café on Track for May 2020 August 14, 2019 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that its Chinese Garden expansion is on track for completion in May 2020 Many of the flowers will be drawn from The Huntington’s own extensive orchid collections, supplemented by blooms from local orchid societies and commercial exhibitors. Also in this north section is a new casual restaurant with outdoor seating, known as the Pavilion Encircled by Jade ç’°ç¿ é–£. Together, these features will serve as a center for future cultural programming. So, the next time you’re in the Los Angeles, California area, you’ll know where to go! The total cost of this final phase of construction was approximately $24.6 million. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. TEACHERS New: Virtual School Programs for Fall 2020, TEACHERS & STUDENTS NEW: Virtual School Programs for Fall 2020, SUPPORT THE HUNTINGTON Give the Gift of Membership, Visitors will be treated to an additional 11.5 acres of landscape in the Chinese Garden, including new pavilions and a penjing court, A virtual press briefing will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m.; RSVP required. “We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors to explore these exquisite new features that further demonstrate the beauty and depth of Chinese cultural and landscape gardening traditions,” said Karen R. Lawrence, president of The Huntington. As with the earlier stages of the garden’s construction, this project has been an international partnership between Chinese and American architects, contractors, and craftspeople—all working together to ensure that the garden remains authentic to Chinese traditions of architecture and landscape design while meeting state and federal regulations for seismic safety and accessibility. Indoor spaces within this expanded section of the Chinese Garden will open later. Their artisanship gives the garden its authenticity and beauty. The Stargazing Tower offers sweeping views of the lake and garden below and of the “borrowed landscape” beyond, including the San Gabriel Mountains and Mount Wilson Observatory, which inspired the pavilion’s name. The Stargazing Tower offers sweeping views of the lake and garden below and of the "borrowed landscape" beyond, including the San Gabriel Mountains and Mount Wilson Observatory, which inspired the pavilion's name. I’ve been able to visit several times and always come away impressed. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artist and soundtrack musicians Wu Man (who composed the score) on the pipa (lute) and Kojiro Umezaki on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute). The name pays homage to the Mount Wilson Observatory—visible from the tower—and to the work of astronomer Edwin Hubble. The Huntington Library ready to break ground on Chinese garden expansion Ten years in the making, The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, or Liu Fang Yuan opened to the public February 23, 2008 at … “The penjing complex, for example, provides a window into a centuries-old horticultural art form, and the new art gallery will anchor an exhibition and performance complex for which we are planning a robust slate of public programs, lectures, concerts, academic symposia, school programs, and other cultural offerings.”. THE CHINA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. The total cost of this final phase of construction was approximately $24.6 million. The Chinese (and neighboring Japanese Garden) has long been my favorite outdoor space at the Huntington and I was excited to check out the expansion. Attendance is limited, and advance ticket reservations are required. The 3.5 acre site will be expanded to 12 acres with the addition of six new features, which include the Star Gazing Tower, Flowery Brush Library, Pavilion Encircled by Jade, Reflections in the Stream and Fragrance of Orchids Pavilion, Verdant Micocosm, and Terrace of Shared Delights. ( Log Out /  The display is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 16–18. About The Huntington The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution that aspires to be a welcoming place of engagement and reflection for a diverse community. The Chinese poet Cao Zhi 曹植 (192-232) first used the phrase in his “Rhapsody on the Luo River Goddess” (“Luo shen fu” 洛神賦) to describe how the fragrance of the flowers trailed in the goddess’s wake. The Stargazing Tower æœ›æ˜Ÿæ¨“ â€“ Situated on the highest point in the garden at the southern end of the lake, this beautiful 527-sq.-ft. pavilion provides stunning views of the landscape, the distant mountains, and (with a bit of imagination) the universe beyond. Members of the media may also request b-roll video footage, including a pre-recorded video interview with curator Phillip Bloom. Gardens. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies. Most of the others are also in big spaces such as this. Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese tradition of private scholars’ gardens, Liu Fang Yuan (the Chinese Garden) made its debut in 2008 with eight pavilions linked by courtyards and walkways situated around a one-acre lake. A virtual press briefing about the expanded Chinese Garden will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 10–11 a.m. To reserve a space and receive a link for the press briefing, or to schedule a media visit to the site, please RSVP to [email protected], ContactsLisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, [email protected] Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, [email protected]. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Here’s the press release about it: After a nearly five-month postponement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will open the outdoor areas of the highly anticipated expansion of its renowned Chinese Garden on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Hand-crafted windows are like small works of art—an example of the traditional craftmanship of artisans from Suzhou, China, whose work gives the garden its authenticity and beauty. ( Log Out /  The complex includes the 12 acres of the central garden, as well as an extensive bamboo grove on the garden’s western edge (to be completed in the next few months) and a conifer forest to the north. The redwoods there, mostly around the perimeter, are some of the only big redwoods in the region. View from the Stargazing Tower, one of the new pavilions in the expanded section of the Chinese Garden. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Change ). And a large open space overlooking the lake, the Terrace of Shared Delights 衆樂臺, will be used for banquets, festivals, and other gatherings. Visitors will be treated to 11.5 new acres of landscape, pavilions, and other features in Liu Fang Yuan æµèŠ³åœ’, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Also in this north section is a new casual restaurant with outdoor seating, known as the Pavilion Encircled by Jade 環翠閣. After a nearly five-month postponement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will open the outdoor areas of the highly anticipated expansion of its renowned Chinese Garden on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. If you are a reporter on deadline and the office is closed, call 626-818-3985. INDOOR SPACES TO OPEN AT A LATER DATE: The art gallery, Studio for Lodging the Mind 寓意齋, is a 1,720-sq.-ft. climate- and light-controlled building at the northern end of the garden that will showcase changing exhibitions of Chinese artworks, both contemporary and historical. Huntington Chinese Garden (6) 6 min. Photo by Aric Allen. Now at 15 acres, the recent Western and Northern expansion establishes the Garden of Flowing Fragrance as one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world. Photo by Aric Allen. 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