Sunday, February 17, 2008

Huntington Library's Chinese garden

The Chinese "garden is all about composing a painting,” says curator June Li. "In landscape painting," she says, "mountains represent the eternal, and water represents change; together they make up the harmonious balance of the universe, in which humans are present but don’t dominate."
Lotus plants in the lake add a sense of winter to the garden, which contains more than 70 plant types, including indigenous California live oaks and pines, and native Chinese trees and plants. Those include weeping willows and several flowering trees, whose peach and plum blossoms are now in bloom.

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