Chinese Garden News - Major Gifts Support Second Phase of Construction

February 01, 2014

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SAN MARINO, Calif.—More than $11 million has been raised to date from local and international donors to support the second phase of construction of Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The first phase of the garden opened in 2008. As two new pavilions and a rock grotto make their debut on March 8, several major gifts that helped fund these features merit special recognition. The donors who made these gifts—Judy Yin Shih and Joel Axelrod, Andrew and Peggy Cherng, and Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation—have added immeasurably to the beauty and cultural significance of this evolving garden through their important support. In addition to these major gifts, the garden’s second phase of construction has also received generous support in the form of donated or discounted services. These donors include Air China, China Shipping (Group) Company, COSCO–China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, the Dedeaux Family and DART Trucking Company, the Lincoln Plaza Hotel, and Elizabeth Dong and Samuel Liu of SBT Bus Line.


Fundraising for the completion of the second phase remains a high priority. Planned features yet to come include a small gallery for displaying Chinese art, a poetry garden, a terraced court for penjing (a horticultural art similar to Japanese bonsai), and a hillside pavilion. About half of the $22 million needed to complete the project has been raised so far, thanks to the generosity of more than 200 donors in the United States and China.


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