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Chinese Garden at Huntington Library

The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, opened on February 23, 2008 in San Marino, California. The setting fulfills the essential elements described by Ming Dynasty garden masters for an ideal location: A south-facing orientation with mountains (the San Gabriels) to the north. Chinese gardens are typically larger than Japanese gardens. Gang Chen, Landscape Architecture: Planting Design Illustrated (3rd Edition, 2012). Liu Fang Yuan occupies 12 acres, whereas Huntington's Japanese Garden is far more compact at 9 acres. Also, unlike the typical Japanese garden, which emphasizes the beauty of the static view (Gang Chen, Id.), Liu Fang Yuan is less an elegant picture in a frame than a journey. Pathways and stone bridges guide the visitor around a 1.5-acre lake bordered by highly sculptural Tai Hu rocks from near Suzhou, China. Chinese plants such as camellias, pine, and lotus grace the garden. However, the decidedly non-Asian, mature California oaks on site have been all preserved.

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Burbank, CA, United States

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  • Uploaded on November 14, 2010
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    by Laura Ruth
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