January 27, 2016
Nestled in the heart of San Marino, California, is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. The Library houses an impressive collection, but you can opt just to visit the gardens. Go for a pleasant stroll, for a reasonable fee. It is such a vast expanse of greenery, that one can spend an entire day here.
A grand entrance welcomes you
Here, you will find 12 types of gardens… each with a different style. It is nearly impossible to see all of them in one day. Here are the ones I visited….
Beautiful succulents at The Desert Garden
Sitting by the Lily Ponds. Even if it wasn’t the season for Lilies, it was still picturesque
Even the pathways between gardens provide a scenic route
Almost anywhere you glance is picture perfect
A bamboo grove…just one of the many pretty walkways
An all-natural trellis…from here you have a view of the Japanese garden
The Japanese Garden
Traditional wooden bridge
The Rose Garden
An impressive facade reminiscent of European architecture
A statue-lined pocket of the rose garden
An intricately carved fountain set amidst the backdrop of the Gallery’s columns
This is definitely the kind of park you can keep coming back to, that in fact, they even offer memberships. I would love to go back and see the Library, the Galleries, and the other gardens. We wanted to try out the Tea Room and the other dining areas they had within the park, but we got so caught up with the place, that before we knew it, the park was closing! Well it gives me a reason to come back!
For more information, you can visit their website: http://www.huntington.org/
Photos by Missy Castro & Rose Sisante