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The Terrace of the Jade Mirror, the Bridge of Verdant Mist


by Jerome Weeks 14 Feb 2008

Fort Worth’s Japanese Garden remains perhaps the most peaceful spot in all of North Texas. Next week, in San Marino, they’re opening California’s first Chinese garden. At a cost of more than $10 million, the Huntington Library has built Liu Fang Yuan — The Garden of Flowing Fragrance — right next to its own Japanese garden. As the […]

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Huntington Library’s Chinese garden, Liu Fang Yuan

Fort Worth’s Japanese Garden remains perhaps the most peaceful spot in all of North Texas. Next week, in San Marino, they’re opening California’s first Chinese garden. At a cost of more than $10 million, the Huntington Library has built Liu Fang Yuan — The Garden of Flowing Fragrance — right next to its own Japanese garden.

As the first phase of a 12-acre project, Liu Fang Yuan embraces elements fundamental to classical garden design associated with Suzhou, China’s “garden city.” Stone elements call up images of mountains; water features provide balance and impart energy; there are open halls and intimate pavilions; and lush plantings mark the shifting seasons.

In a garden plan conceived by landscape architect Jin Chen, these features taken together illustrate 2,000 years of Chinese garden history.

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