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“Liu Fang Yuan is a small encyclopedia of Chinese Culture that goes beyond the plants and trees; it is poetic, lyrical, has art, sculpture, and Chinese philosophy wrapped in a jewel of a package.” –Che Zhaohe, Cultural Consul of the People’s Republic of China


Center for East Asian Garden Studies

The Huntington’s Center for East Asian Garden Studies promotes exchange among scholars and garden professionals on the long-standing and sophisticated East Asian traditions of garden making. With the Huntington’s renowned Chinese and Japanese gardens as a foundation, it also aims to make these traditions accessible to a wide audience and oversees a full program of lectures, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, and occasional performances.


Public Programs  |  Lecture Series  |  Educational and School Programs





Music in Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden

Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.

Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. (Cancelled in the event of rain.) General admission.


Japanese Teahouse Tours

Second Monday of every month, 12:30–4 p.m.

Take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at hourly intervals. General admission.


A Taste of the Chinese Strings

Sept. 10, 2017 (Sunday)

Join us for an afternoon of traditional Chinese music highlighting the classical string instruments. The program includes solos by Meiye Ma on pipa, Hejia Gao on guzheng, and Yunhe Liang on erhu, as well as works performed by the Spring Thunder Music Ensemble.


Harvest Moon Celebration

Oct. 3, 2017 (Tuesday)

Experience a memorable autumn evening in the Chinese Garden during one of The Huntington’s most popular annual events. While strolling around the moonlit lake, guests can sample delicious Asian-inspired cuisine from more than a dozen of the area’s top restaurants (all included in the ticket price) and enjoy traditional Chinese music and other live entertainment.


Generous support for these programs was provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden and The Cheng Family Foundation.





Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps

Richard Pegg, Asian art curator of the private MacLean Collection in Chicago

Sept. 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

Richard Pegg, Asian art curator of the private MacLean Collection in Chicago, will discuss the similarities and differences in representations of space, both real and imagined, in early modern maps created in China, Korea, and Japan. He will also examine the introduction of European map-making techniques into Asian cartographic traditions.


Representations of the Camellia in China and the West

Nick Menzies, research fellow at The Huntington

Oct. 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

Research fellow Nick Menzies will tell the story of the camellia and its journey from China to Europe and beyond. Focusing on visual and written representations of the camellia from as early as the 5th century, Menzies will explore how a plant deeply embedded in the cultural heritage of China became an object of botanical study and a prized garden ornamental after it reached the west in the 17th century.


Visit the online calendar for additional event information or contact Michelle Bailey at

Generous support for this series was provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden.





Poetry in the Chinese Garden

Taking students to a museum or garden is a wonderful way to encourage their appreciation for, and understanding of, our natural and cultural heritage. The Huntington offers field trips designed to deeply engage students in their personal learning experiences and bring their studies to life. In the "Poetry in the Chinese Garden" program, students use poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, immersing themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see. More about school programs.


Chinese Garden Discovery Cart 

Discovery Carts are engaging and educational mobile exhibits that offer new learning experiences to garden visitors. The Chinese cart encourages visitors to learn through culturally-themed activities involving Chinese opera masks, traditional Chinese instruments, poetry, Chinese apothecary, architecture, and Chinese tea preparation all which highlight the scholars garden.

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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