Donors and dignitaries gathered at a ceremonial groundbreaking held last week at the Huntington Library to celebrate the launch of the final phase of construction on its renowned Chinese Garden, known by the poetic name Liu Fang Yuan — the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. The new features will increase the garden’s footprint from the initial 3.5 acres to its long-planned 12 acres, making it one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world. Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese tradition of private scholars’ gardens, Liu Fang Yuan opened in 2008 with eight tile-roofed pavilions situated around a one-acre lake. Construction is expected to continue for about 18 months. The garden will remain open to visitors during construction, with the new sections anticipated to open in February 2020.
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