|“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|
The Huntington offers innovative educational programs that embrace a wide variety of individuals including scholars, visitors, teachers, and school children. The Chinese Garden serves as a platform for an assortment of activities from lectures and conferences, to public festivals for families, and educational programs for children and adults. These programs actively promote and further an understanding of Chinese culture – landscape, literature, art, and history – as it relates to gardens.
For program details and a complete listing of all programs, lectures, and events, visit our online Calendar
Events and Programs for 2013
Music in the Chinese Garden Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Chinese Garden. A different solo musician will perform each week, playing unamplified melodies on classical instruments including the dizi, sheng, pipa, erhu, and zheng. Let the music transport you to another time and place as you stroll through one of the most magical landscapes in Southern California. Musicians include Yunhe Liang on erhu, Qichao Liu on dizi and sheng, Meiye Ma on pipa, Langchou Chu on guzheng.
Poetry in the Chinese Garden
Educational and School Programs
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.