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The Language of Flowers in China

The Chinese Garden Lecture Series at the Huntington Library presents a discussion on the symbolism of flowers in China.

March 31, 2009 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Chinese Garden Lecture Series

(Free and open to the public, no reservations required)

Professor Ronald Egan, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor Ronald Egan will discuss the symbolism of flowers in Chinese literature and art.  Plum blossoms, chrysanthemums, peonies, lotus flowers, and other plants were often endowed with humanistic traits.  Professor Egan will also explore the aesthetic tensions that occasionally surfaced as cultural tastes changed and new floral emblems gained favor.