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The man behind the Huntington’s Chinese Garden art

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Before he left China in 1986, Che Zhao Sheng’s shifu, or teacher, said to him, “After you go to the United States, share some of our Chinese culture with them if you have a chance.” The shifu was a penjing master, the man who taught Che the art of creating miniaturized trees and plants in pots, pruned and constricted over time to take the shape and spirit of their full-size siblings.



a blurry image of a man: The Huntington's resident penjing artist, Che Zhao Sheng, in the newly expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)


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The Huntington’s resident penjing artist, Che Zhao Sheng, in the newly expanded Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)



One of Che Zhao Sheng's penjing at the newly expanded Chinese Garden. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)


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One of Che Zhao Sheng’s penjing at the newly expanded Chinese Garden. (Josie Norris / Los Angeles Times)

Today, more than three decades later, the student is fulfilling that legacy, and in a

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The magical new Chinese Garden at the Huntington is the getaway you need right now

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The new Stargazing Tower, with its sweeping view to Mt. Wilson, commands the highest point in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. <span class="copyright">(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The new Stargazing Tower, with its sweeping view to Mt. Wilson, commands the highest point in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Enchanting. Extraordinary. Entrancing.

Really, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the $25-million completion of the magnificent Liu Fang Yuan — the Garden of Flowing Fragrance — at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. But that’s probably for the best, since a description with too many embellishments would go against the core aesthetic of the now 15-acre space commonly known as the Chinese Garden, which finally opens to the public on Friday.

The newly completed garden should have opened in May, with great fanfare and many public events, but the COVID-19 pandemic ended those plans and forced the closure of the institution for several months. In this respect, the pandemic has been

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Daniel Stowe Garden cancels Chinese Lantern Festival, but not directly due to COVID-19

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A festival that drew hundreds of thousands of visitors on its first stop in the Charlotte region will not have an encore this year.

The popular Chinese Lantern Festival, scheduled to begin Oct. 15 in Belmont, has been canceled, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden said Thursday in a statement.

Hanart Culture’s festival was featured at the garden in fall 2017 and attracted more than 100,000 visitors in eight weeks, according to the statement. More than 800 hand-crafted Chinese lanterns were set up on 12-plus acres in the formal gardens and public spaces, the Observer previously reported.

The festival had previously been rescheduled from August to October because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The show’s producer is based in the U.S. but depends on Chinese artists. U.S. embassies and consulate offices are closed or operating on a limited basis throughout Asia, so Hanart Culture was unable to secure visas because of “ever-changing

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Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Garden canceled

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A festival that drew hundreds of thousands of visitors on its first stop in the Charlotte region will not have an encore this year.

The popular Chinese Lantern Festival, scheduled to begin Oct. 15 in Belmont, has been canceled, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden said Thursday in a statement.

Hanart Culture’s festival was featured at the garden in fall 2017 and attracted more than 100,000 visitors in eight weeks, according to the statement. More than 800 hand-crafted Chinese lanterns were set up on 12-plus acres in the formal gardens and public spaces, the Observer previously reported.

The festival had previously been rescheduled from August to October because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The show’s producer is based in the U.S. but depends on Chinese artists. U.S. embassies and consulate offices are closed or operating on a limited basis throughout Asia, so Hanart Culture was unable to secure visas because of “ever-changing

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New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden to officially reopen this weekend

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A special portion of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is officially reopening this week.

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, which closed in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will begin to welcome visitors again on Saturday. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” said Aileen Fuchs, president and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. “We’re thrilled to make this local treasure available once more for our community to find peace and wellness, and to enjoy the dynamic culture represented by the garden’s details and story.”

Snug Harbor staff members are urging visitors to maintain a distance of six feet from other guests, wear a mask while in the garden, practice good hygiene and stay home if they are sick.

Tickets, which are on sale inside

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Bamboo Circle E-Celebration – Seattle Chinese Garden

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The Chinese garden began as a powerful scholar-official’s estate comprising beautiful gardens and landscaping in a lovely setting surrounding buildings that contain the best of Chinese culture–architecture, paintings, classical writings, furniture, and other arts. It’s a place for all to gather for the annual cycle of festivals, and for tea, music, dance performances, and other celebrations and you have a Chinese garden.

The garden is a magical place, both tranquil and full of life, timeless and everchanging with the seasons. And, it is a place for all generations, from the elders quietly doing their tai chi exercise in the courtyard to the kids climbing on our bronze carp or flying their elaborate kites during the annual Kite Festival. Indeed, the Garden is a great place for families to teach kids about Chinese culture.

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Chinese Garden | The Huntington

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The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, is one of the largest Chinese-style gardens outside China. Designed to promote the rich traditions of Chinese culture, the garden is truly a cross-cultural effort. Architects and artisans from Suzhou, the renowned garden city of southern China, worked alongside California builders and gardeners. As a result, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance combines the botanical with the artistic and scholarly, in the tradition of Henry Huntington.

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Home – Seattle Chinese Garden

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A note about our upcoming peony viewing: unfortunately there will not be performances or food vendors, but we do encourage folks to visit the garden to see the spectacular peony bloom, while adhering to CDC-recommended guidelines on hygiene and hand sanitation. There will be hand sanitation facilities will also be available on-site, as well as hand washing facilities in the restrooms.There will be peonies available to purchase during the viewing times.

 The date(s) of the festival will be announced closer to the event, as we are not yet sure when peak bloom will occur. Please keep checking our Facebook page and the website for updates.

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