Center for East Asian Garden Studies
The Huntington's Center for East Asian Garden Studies promotes innovative scholarship on the traditions of garden-making in China, Japan, and Korea. Furthering the educational mission of The Huntington's Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the Center makes these traditions accessible to wide audiences through lectures, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, and performances.
Dr. Nicholas K. Menzies
“Ordering the Myriad Things: The Transition from Traditional Knowledge of Plants to Scientific Botany in China, 1850–1950.”
Lecture: The Tale of Genji: Imaged and Reimagined
April 22, 4 p.m. (PDT)
Dr. Bruce A. Coats, professor of art history and the humanities, Scripps College
Lecture: The Labor of Good Governance: Cultivation Real and Imagined in the Imperial Garden of Clear Ripples in 18th-Century China
May 20, 4 p.m. (PDT)
Dr. Roslyn Lee Hammers, associate professor of art history, University of Hong Kong
Lecture: Crafting a Literati Utopia in Nineteenth-Century Japan: The Plum Blossom Valley at Tsukigase
June 10, 4 p.m. (PDT)
Dr. Yurika Wakamatsu, assistant professor of East Asian art history, Occidental College
Visit Videos and Recorded Programs to watch previously recorded lectures, conferences, podcasts, and videos.
“A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan”
Part 1: Aug. 28–Dec. 13, 2021
Part 2: Jan. 29–May 16, 2022
Japanese Teahouse Tours
Second Monday of every month, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Temporarily suspended due to Covid-19)
Learn about the history of the Japanese Garden's ceremonial teahouse and the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at 20-minute intervals.
Educational and School Programs
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.
Chinese Garden Discovery Cart
Discovery Carts are engaging and educational mobile exhibits that offer new learning experiences to garden visitors. The Chinese Garden cart encourages visitors to learn through culturally-themed activities involving Chinese opera masks, musical instruments, poetry, apothecary, architecture, and tea preparation, all of which highlight the scholars' garden.