The Huntington Library PRO 4:12am, 4 May 2011
Japanese Garden Favorites 2011
A compilation of images from our group pool, selected by the group administrator. May 2011. (You can browse through lots more great photos in our Japanese Garden group.)

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We'll start with one of the earliest photos of the garden, taken around 1915. This is from The Huntington's own photo archives. (Click on the image for details about the photo. Use the back arrow to return to this page.) You can see other vintage photos, including many shared by visitors, in our Japanese Garden Centennial Scrapbook.

Harriet Hutchins, circa 1915

Next, a classic "postcard" shot by Marcie Gonzalez that beautifully captures the tranquil grace of the landscape that has enchanted visitors for nearly a century.

Huntington Library 19

How many shades of green are there in Nature's paintbox? In this lovely shot by Ashley E. Liberio, spring's verdant palette is complemented with a splash of red from the new leaves of the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum

Huntington Gardens - Japanese Garden

In this lovely composition by Blue States, the petals of flowering apricot trees blanket the canyon streambed like newly-fallen snow.

Stream & Path

Pathways are often scenic elements in their own right, like this rock-lined path through the north canyon, captured by mfbenedict.

rock-lined path

A monochromatic study of pine, willow, and juniper by Billy Q emphasizes the shapes and textures of the landscape.


At the other end of the spectrum, this composition by BudCat14 aka Ross C is dappled with all-over color like an impressionist painting.

Maples, The Japanese Garden

The Zen Garden remains open during renovations of the Japanese Garden. This particularly "colorful" shot of it is from Blue States.


And from tiffanysara, a spectacular shot of the Bonsai Court, which also remains open during renovations.

While the Japanese Garden is beautiful on a sunny day, it has a special magic when shrouded with mist or rain. This atmospheric scene captured by andysae seems to transport the viewer to the mountains of Japan.

Fall 2010 (1)

Blue States juggled both a camera and an umbrella to get these two marvelous photos on a rainy day....

Garden in the rain

...and we're glad he did!

Japanese Garden in the Rain

In a Japanese garden, the details are often as remarkable as the landscape. Here, nowhereonearth draws our attention to the artful craftsmanship of a bamboo and rope fence.

bamboo fence

Bamboo all by itself is pretty remarkable, too, particularly in photos like this one by Billy Q.


Buddha, seen here in a serene portrait by ysaleth, is the regular recipient of floral offerings from visitors.

floral offerings

Lion dogs stand sentry at the entrance to the garden and are traditionally believed to safeguard the physical and spiritual wellbeing of those within. This shot from Photo by Claes captures the exquisite detail of the stone carving.


Special techniques such as infrared photography, used here to spectacular effect by josefrancisco.salgado, show the garden in an entirely new light.

Japanese Garden in Infrared

More cool FX from Blue States, who used a PhotoShop technique to "Saran Wrap" the sky in this striking image.

Saran Wrap my Day

A quiet corner of the garden inspired this lovely composition by nowhereonearth, featuring two traditional elements: a stone lantern and a Japanese maple (which she identifies, like the serious Master Gardener she is, as Acer palmatum 'Shishio improved.' )

Japanese Garden

No garden would ever be complete without wildlife. In the Japanese Garden, that includes ducklings, captured during their morning swim with their mama by our expert duck wrangler, mfbenedict...

plunge in

...and the colorful resident koi, seen in this awesome image by (The koi have temporarily relocated to the Chinese Garden while renovations are in progress.)

002 ~ 03.12.2011 Koi Pond 'Mosh Pit' ~

And we mustn't forget the Japanese house, one of the most iconic pieces of architecture at The Huntington, captured here by joits. The current renovations to the garden include historic restoration of the house, which dates to the late 19th century.

japanese frame of mind

A well-known landmark seen from a unusual point of view, this composition from Photo by Claes gives us a fresh look at the familiar.

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Autumn brings a mellow beauty to the landscape, and many visitors find it one of the loveliest times of year in the garden. This delightful photograph by alhambramd reminds us why.


JessycaFrederick captured the ginkgo trees in their golden finery in this stunning shot from late fall.


The golden glow of a autumn sunlight through the wisteria leaves illuminates this lovely image from sjb5.

View to the Japanese bridge

Raindrops dapple gray stones strewn with fallen leaves in this beautiful composition from alhambramd.

Pebbles & Leaves

And our last shot is a personal favorite from our Japanese Garden Centennial Scrapbook, a "Then and Now" portrait of the Brothers Tam, shared with us by their mom, Extreme Quilter.

Brothers Tam, 11-82 and 11-09

Does't that photo make you smile?
zengardenlover 5 years ago
Do you know I had my first transcendental experience in a garden, my grandmother's, at age six. Everything and everyone is God, not the old man in the sky that looks like Zeus-God, but the God of Nature or Nature. I re-experienced this in the home of my mother's friend who had tiny ivory gardens, more Chinese than Japanese and
zengardenlover 5 years ago I was saying before my computer posted this without my permission...then, without rhyme or reason, but perhaps owing to growing up in the wildness of Oregon, near the Willamette River, I fell into these transcental states of mind in any small Japanese or Asian garden and still when I hike or just contemplate a tree or the clouds I am transported to some Nirvana. I am devasted by Zen, anything Zen, clear, present, wabi or sabi or wabi sabi. Thank you.
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