Another World Lies Beyond: Creating Liu Fang Yuan, the Huntington’s Chinese Garden
Edited by: T. June Li
Format: 130 pages, hardcover
Release Date: 2009-01-30
About this Book
Benjamin Franklin Award Winner, 2010
From the Lake of Reflected Fragrance to the Pavilion for Washing Away Thoughts to the Isle of Alighting Geese, this gorgeously illustrated volume explores the Huntington's Chinese Garden--Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance--one of the largest such gardens outside China. With the first phase of construction completed, the garden opened to visitors in early 2008. It resembles those created in seventeenth-century Suzhou, offering awe-inspiring views and architecture and evoking an era when scholars sought quiet, intimate gardens in which to retreat, write poetry, and practice calligraphy, among many other pursuits.
The contributors to Another World Lies Beyond discuss the challenges of constructing the garden in Southern California as well as the cultural traditions and aesthetics of Chinese garden design, especially the ways in which the plants and structures engage the imagination of visitors. Inscribed poetic couplets, literary allusions, botanical motifs, and evocative names for structures reveal layers of symbolism for exploration and interpretation. The volume's final essay describes how plants that originated in China--such as the chrysanthemum, the plum, and the camellia--have shaped that country's ancient botanical heritage and have enriched the gardens of both East and West.
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About the Author
T. June Li is Curator of the Huntington's Chinese Garden.
Reviews of Another World Lies Beyond:
"Stunning photographs and Chinese artwork and calligraphy make the book a poetic account of how Liu Fang Yuan 'continues the long tradition of Chinese gardens, past and present.'"—The American Gardener
"This handsome volume provides the reader with insight into the symbolism and design of all gardens in the Chinese classical tradition."
—Chicago Botanic Garden
“This beautifully produced book tells the story and pictorially reveals one of the largest formal Chinese gardens in the world outside of China….We hope that this volume will spur enhanced interest in [Chinese gardens} among horticulturists in the U.S…. its many wonderful photographs can serve as inspirations for Western emulations of Chinese botanical and architectural treasures. “ – Hortideas
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