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The image of a "Chinese garden" that most often comes to mind is that of the white-walled, gray-tiled gardens built by scholar-officials and merchants in the city of Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Despite its iconic status in the contemporary imagination, the Suzhou-style scholar's garden is only one type among many. Exploring "unscholarly" spaces such as monastic gardens, merchant gardens, medicinal gardens, and market gardens, this symposium challenges common assumptions about what makes a garden in China.

“Unscholarly” Gardens: Rethinking the Gardens of China The Huntington

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The image of a "Chinese garden" that most often comes to mind is that of the white-walled, gray-tiled gardens built by scholar-officials and merchants in the city of Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Despite its iconic status in the contemporary imagination, the Suzhou-style scholar's garden is only one type among many. Exploring "unscholarly" spaces such as monastic gardens, merchant gardens, medicinal gardens, and market gardens, this symposium challenges common assumptions about what makes a garden in China.

    Scenery in a Pot or Container Garden? Penjing and Flower Arranging as Botanical Microcosms

    Scenery in a Pot or Container Garden? Penjing and Flower Arranging as Botanical Microcosms

    Kathleen Ryor, professor at Carleton College, presents at the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 32 min
    Hangzhou's West Lake

    Hangzhou's West Lake

    Antonio Mezcua López, professor at Universidad de Granada, presents at the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 24 min
    Planting the Roots of Goodness: Gardens in Chinese Buddhism

    Planting the Roots of Goodness: Gardens in Chinese Buddhism

    Phillip Bloom, Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington, presents at the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 36 min
    How Does your Garden Grow? Gardening Manuals and Horticulture in Ming and Qing China

    How Does your Garden Grow? Gardening Manuals and Horticulture in Ming and Qing China

    Nicholas Menzies, research fellow at The Huntington, presents at the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 30 min
    Leaping the Wall: The Expansion of Chinese Garden Studies in the Last Thirty Years

    Leaping the Wall: The Expansion of Chinese Garden Studies in the Last Thirty Years

    Alison Hardie, professor at the University of Leeds, presents at the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 37 min
    Welcome with Phillip Bloom

    Welcome with Phillip Bloom

    Phillip Bloom, Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington, presents opening remarks for the "Unscholarly" Gardens symposium.

    • 12 min

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