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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.


Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Mar. 5, 2018 (Monday)

World-renowned pipa (lute) player Wu Man joins the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band (formerly called the Zhang Family Band) for an evening of traditional music with shadow puppetry. With shouts, the strumming of lutes and fiddles, the beating of clappers and gongs, and the battering of a wooden bench, the band sings about rural life in northwestern China, drawing the audience into places and sounds rarely encountered in the West. $20. Reservations required.


Teahouse Tour & Tea Experience

Apr. 22, 2018 (Sunday)

Explore the traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony in a 90-minute program that includes a tour of The Huntington's ceremonial teahouse and its surrounding tea garden, followed by a participatory tea ceremony in the Ikebana House. $15. Reservations required.


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.





Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden

Jan. 23, 2018 (Tuesday)

For more than 50 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and an important center for Japanese culture. Join Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, as he reflects on their recent expansion and newly founded institute for teaching garden history, design, construction, and maintenance.


The Introduction of Japanese Plants into North America

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University

Feb. 20, 2018 (Tuesday)

Through the pioneering work of collectors and nurserymen, many new Japanese species were introduced to the American gardening public in the late 19th century. Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, will examine the history behind these early introductions, some of which had a profound impact on both cultivated and wild landscapes across America.


Representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Du Le Yuan)

Carol S. Brash, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University

Apr. 17, 2018 (Tuesday)

Some representations of gardens are purportedly re-creations of physical gardens whose original form is lost to us now. Such images may or may not record a now-absent site as it actually appeared, but they do reflect the conflation of history, memory, and imagination in the minds of their creators. Carol S. Brash will explore this topic by examining four very different representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Du Le Yuan).


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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.

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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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