Founded in 1919, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is world-renowned as a cultural, research and educational center. Two of its must-see gardens are the beloved Japanese Garden and Liu Fang Yuan ("Garden of Flowing Fragrance"), one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world.
Crafting a Garden: Inside the Creation of Liu Fang Yuan is on view through May 29 in the Studio for Lodging the Mind. The exhibit sheds light on the intricacies of the Chinese Garden through models, photos, tools and videos that tell the story of its design and construction.
On view at the Library West Hall through December 4, Printed in 1085: The Chinese Buddhist Canon from the Song Dynasty features the oldest printed book in The Huntington's collection, The Scripture of the Great Flower Ornament of the Buddha. The accordion-style sacred text is displayed unfolded in a 20-foot custom case.
On Saturday, May 20, join Chinese brush painting instructor Peifang Liang for a hands-on Family Workshop inspired by the Dragon Boat Festival, an annual Chinese celebration in which brightly colored, dragon-shaped boats are raced in rivers across China. Ticket includes admission to The Huntington and all supplies for one child and one accompanying adult.
Chinese American composer Nathan Wang, the 2022-23 Cheng Family Foundation Visiting Artist in the Chinese Garden, presents Shanghai’s World Emporium, an original musical developed over his yearlong residency. Two evening performances and one matinee on May 20-21. Advance tickets required - seating is first-come, first-served.