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Photography Monday: The Huntington’s Chinese Garden

Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, is the largest Chinese garden outside of China.  The creation of the garden began in 2000 and it was open to the public in February 2008.  A truly cross-cultural effort between renowned Chinese architects from Suzhou, a city highly regarded for its ancient gardens, and California builders channeling the legacy of Henry E. Huntington created and executed an exquisitely designed garden.

The architecture of a Chinese garden invites both composed and borrowed views.

Intricately crafted lattice windows artfully frame objects and scenes.

Windows, bridges, and pavilions provide different views of the landscape and are admired for their own beauty.

Windows, bridges, and pavilions provide different views of the landscape and are admired for their own beauty.

Plants and flowers serve a symbolic purpose as well as a decorative one.

Plants and flowers serve a symbolic purpose as well as a decorative one.

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The architecture of a Chinese garden invites both composed and borrowed views.

Layers of meaning add to the enjoyment of a Chinese garden’s artistry.  Filled with symbolism, it’s more than a stroll through a garden, but like a work of art, it slowly reveals itself to show its inner beauty.  For more information, please visit this site.

Next week, I will showcase the Huntington’s magnificent roses.

*Tina

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