Chinese Garden at Huntington Library (San Marino, California, USA)

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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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beh108 on April 13, 2011

Very beautiful shot, nice place


Best wishes

javad aleali on April 20, 2011

Very beautiful


Mahdi Kalhor on April 23, 2011

Very beautiful garden.

Happy Easter my friend.


All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Laura Ruth on April 23, 2011

Stasek -- beh108 -- javad -- Mahdi -- thanks for stopping by! Greetings to Poland and Iran from Laura in Los Angeles.

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on April 27, 2011

I love this garden. Good shot!! --Like--AnaM

*Irina* on July 5, 2011

Hello dear Laura!

How interesting to see Chinese Garden in your country, it's seems to me here is a very beautiful place. You taken a lovely photo... L.

With best warm wishes to you, Irina

行者无路 on August 14, 2011

Very nice shot !!! Like

Best greetings from China !行者无路

Laura Ruth on August 14, 2011

Ana - Manfred - Irina - 行者无路 - thanks for stopping by! Greetings to all from Laura in Los Angeles.

Laura Ruth on December 9, 2012

Cinthy, thanks for the location correction! Don't know what I was smokin'... Greetings from Laura in Los Angeles.

Angel Madrileño on October 24, 2014

Very nice photo.

Excellent landscape and composition. Fav/L.

Best wishes from Madrid Spain. Angel

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Laura Ruth
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