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    The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens


    The Huntington is one of the great cultural, research and educational centers in the world. It is named after its founder, Henry Huntington, who was an ardent collector with interest in books, art and gardens. It is a 150 acre land located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA, near Pasadena, 12 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.


    There is an entrance fee of $30 and it is all worth it.


    Donned in comfy summer clothes and shoes, I can say it is one of the most enjoyable, refining and enriching strolls I’ve experienced.


    The Huntington Library has an assembly of British and American history books and literature.


    The Huntington Art Collections consist of the most sweeping collections of the 18th and 19th century British and French art.


    The Huntington Bonatical Gardens encloses 12 specially designed gardens and 15,000 plant species.


    Photo 1 – A monk taking a photo of a graceful yellow lacebark bottle tree.
    Photo 2 – one unmistakable book lover sitting on a bench under one of the massive trees in the garden. Visitors can get to experience an easy hike to the different parts of The Huntington or a quiet moment in inviting and laid back corners of the place.
    Photo 3 – red cacti flower - one of the 15,000 plant species in The Huntington
    Photo 4 – their gardens are a home to various birds and creatures
    Photo 5 – The Japanese garden is one of the specialized gardens in the area. This part offers a uniquely designed moon bridge, a delightful view of a pond filled with koi fish and a notable Japanese house.
    Photo 6 – This is a part of the Chinese garden. Visitors enjoy different shaped doorways, patterned walkways and bridges with hand carved embellishments.
    Photo 7 – The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science
    Photo 8 – The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art
    Photo 9 – The Rose Garden which has a variety of plants persisted under cultivation. At the entrance of this garden is the statue name ‘Love, the Captive of Youth’, showing Cupid and his capturer, a maiden.
    Photo 10 – Shows an array of garden sculptures from classical to contemporary in different media and cultural traditions across Europe and other lands.


    I was also successful in seeing and taking photos of the Library Exhibition Hall, the Munger Research Center, Desert Garden, Palm Garden, Jungle Garden, Shakepeare Garden, Herb Garden, Boone Gallery and others.


    I was there July 8, 2015 and it was one remarkable and educational day.

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