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Past Present and Future The Japanese Garden


Japanese Garden

Our Past
Constructed in 1912 and opened to the public in 1928, the Japanese Garden quickly became a major draw for visitors from around the world. The advent of WWII, staffing shortages, and a volatile political climate led to the closure of the Japanese Garden. Without a caretaker, the garden fell into disrepair.

In the 1950s, Mary B. Taylor Hunt rallied fellow members of the San Marino League to step in to support the refurbishment of the building and surrounding landscape. In the 1980s, Mary B. became the dedicated keeper of the building.

Under the valuable tutelage and leadership of Mary B., the League began a tradition of sharing the culture of Japan and traditional Japanese floral arranging known as ikebana.

Mary B. left a substantial bequest that will allow her contributions to be felt in perpetuity. The establishment of the Robert R. Taylor and Mary B. Taylor Hunt Endowment assures support for a special Japanese Tea House in which to observe the Japanese Tea Ceremony, as well as the perpetuation of ikebana classes and maintenance of the Japanese Garden, including the cutting gardens which provide the blooms used in floral arrangements throughout the property.

Our Present
Fortunately, the legacy of support for the garden did not end with Mary B. In anticipation of the Japanese Garden's 100th anniversary this year, The Huntington began raising funds in earnest to restore the garden to its original splendor and upgrade current infrastructure.

Our wonderful supporters rose to the challenge. A timely bequest from Deane Weinberg and Michael Monroe provided capital to support the restoration project through its completion in April. Deane and Michael fell in love with The Huntington during their first visit more than two decades ago and felt strongly that whatever gift they made needed to help in the most appropriate way.

Our Future
With ongoing support and generous legacy gifts, the Japanese Garden will continue for many generations. Overseer Toshie Mosher and her husband, Frank, have ensured the garden's future through their own planned gift, in the form of a charitable gift annuity. Toshie and Frank chose a gift annuity because it provides income during their lifetimes and perpetual support for the garden and its future.

Each planned gift is an expression of love and commitment from our supporters, and we are grateful for these long-term gifts. Creating a planned gift is not as complicated as you might think. A bequest can be added to your will in as little as one sentence, and in those few words, you also create a legacy that will live forever at The Huntington.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Huntington a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to The Huntington or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The Huntington as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The Huntington as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and The Huntington where you agree to make a gift to The Huntington and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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