Classical Chinese Garden at the Huntington

12/23/21

I was still feeling a bit achy today from that booster shot. More importantly, it was pouring rain all day today here in LA. I can hear it thrumming on the skylight as I type. I hope the earth is getting a good soaking. I’m a bit bummed that it’s not good out-and-about weather for me, but I’m also once again grateful for having this cozy place to rest and take it easy indoors. I ordered pizza delivery from LA’s all-vegan pizza place, Cruzer Pizza, and had a few chats with friends.

So, no new photos from today, but I still have this stash from my time at the Huntington Gardens the other day. This is one of only four Classical Chinese Gardens in North America. I’m fortunate enough to have visited all four: this one, the one in Portland (built during my time there), the one in Vancouver, BC (almost identical to Portland’s—perhaps the Portland design was influenced by Vancouver’s), and the one in Montreal, within its botanical garden. (Sadly, when I visited there the pond had been drained for maintenance, which changed the overall aesthetic of the garden quite a bit.)

More than Japanese gardens—which are very much designed individually, to fit within their particular landscapes and climates despite lots of similar design elements—I find that Classical Chinese gardens have a very distinctive and similar look. They incorporate lots of nature, but the buildings and structures seem to be especially important to the overall look and feeling of the gardens as well.

I hope you enjoy these photos.

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