Summer Series: the Japanese Garden

The Huntington Botanical Gardens Summer Series

The Japanese Garden

The Tea House and Pagodas

The 9-acre Japanese Garden was created in 1912. At this time, some World fairs – like Philadelphia’s Fair in 1876 and Chicago’s Fair in 1893 – sold the Asia culture to the West. It became fashionable to have a Japanese Garden.

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Summer Series: Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden

The Huntington Botanical Gardens Summer Series

Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden

Waveless Boat (Bu Bo Xiao Ting)

The 3.5 acres soon to be 12 acres Chinese Garden was created in 2008. After its extension in 2020, it will be the largest Chinese-style gardens outside China (total cost estimated $53 million).

The Garden of Flowing Fragrance – Liu = Flowing, Fang = Fragrance, Yuan = Garden – is based on a Suzhou style garden.

Isle of Alighting Geese (Luo Yan Zhou)

Suzhou is a city located West of Shanghai which includes 60 gardens recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jade Ribbon Bridge (Yu Dai Qiao)

Suzhou gardens are mini-scale of nature featuring waters, plants, and stones to represent mountains, rivers, and flora.

Over six months, more than 60 artisans from Suzhou worked to create Liu Fang Yuan using a lot of materials directly sourced in China.

Yu Ming Tang: Hall of the Jade Camellia

As you enter, the Wall of Colorful Clouds (Jing Yun Bi), discover Ying Fang Hu, the Lake of Reflected Fragrance surrounding by pavilions, bridges, and rocks.

Did you know?

Like Japanese Bonsai, the Penzai are mini-scale potted trees but they are stylistically different.

Ready to explore the Garden of Flowing Fragrance?

Lake of Reflected Fragrance (Ying Fang Hu)

*COVD-19 update as of September 2020*

  1. Online reservation required (every Tuesday at noon).
  2. The gardens are open and the galleries remained closed.
  3. All visitors must respect health and safety protocols.


  • Location: The Huntington Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
  • Hours: 10am-5pm. Closed on Tuesday. Summer evening walks 4:30 pm- 7pm.
  • Admission: $25 on weekdays and $29 on weekends for adults.
  • Duration: from 2 hours to the day
  • Parking: Free on-site lot
  • You can’t bring food inside but the Café provides dining options
  • More information available at

Article based on my visits in 2019 and 2020

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The Huntington Botanical Gardens : Nature Show Time

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Stroll over 120 acres of gardens and marvel at 15,000 different varieties of plants. Welcome to the Huntington Botanical Gardens!

I discover this botanical garden in 2019 and WOW. It is an explosion of colors, diversity, and varieties of flora. Every time I step in, its a new exploration. New paths, new blooming flowers, new hidden spots, new species.

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