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.