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Bridge at Huntington Gardens

Sometimes the best way to gather inspiration for your own gardening projects is to see and experience what others have managed to accomplish. Plus, visiting area gardens can become a fun family outing, a creative date idea, or just a way for you to spend quiet time alone in nature. With that said, this week we wanted to highlight The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (commonly known as The Huntington) in nearby San Marino.

The Huntington Gardens are named after Henry E Huntington, who purchased the San Marino Ranch in 1903. Over time, the ranch evolved into 16 themed gardens spread over the 120-acre estate.

Those 16 themed gardens include the…

Australian Garden
California Garden
Camellia Garden
Children’s Garden
Chinese Garden
Conservatory
Desert Garden
Herb Garden
Japanese Garden
Jungle Garden
Lily Ponds
Palm Garden
Ranch Garden
Rose Garden
Shakespeare Garden
Subtropical Garden

The Huntington Gardens also features a large collection of outdoor sculptures and fountains, personally selected by Huntington himself, and the Mausoleum designed to mimic the architecture of Greek temples.

As you’re planning your trip, check out the Huntington Gardens’ schedule of events. Special tours and lecture series are on a regular basis. Learn about tea ceremonies in the Japanese Gardens’ teahouse, or perhaps traditional music in the Chinese Garden is more your style.

If you visit Huntington Gardens in the spring or fall, you can partake in their biannual plant sales. Peruse thousands of rare, beautiful plants, and receive expert advice on a variety of gardening topics.

The Huntington Gardens are open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Tuesdays. For more information on ticket pricing, group reservations, and more, visit their website!