The Gardens at Huntington Library

The Huntington Library is one of my favourite spots in the Los Angeles area located in the San Marino. Not only do they have an impressive art collection (featuring some famous works such as Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, Mary Cassatt’s Breakfast in Bed, Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, and a terrific collection from the Arts and Crafts Movement), and you can’t help but admire the Huntington family’s impressive Beaux-Arts mansion which now houses the Art Gallery, but I particularly love their gardens. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves and I think it’s fair to say that the Huntington Library is worth a visit next time you’re in the Los Angeles area. Give yourself a lot of time for the visit because the place is massive. We didn’t have time to see everything last time we were there.



The Chinese Gardens

Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, is stunning. The whole meaning behind the design escapes me but the pavilions, bridges, covered walkways and architectural designs against the back drop of the natural elements evoke such nice harmony and balance. I could have spent all day in this garden. For a virtual tour of the Chinese Gardens, click here. But if you’re looking for more in depth information and meaning behind this garden, click here for the link to Huntington’s site.






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The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden was completed in 1912 but has been recently renovated. I think they had just finished the renovations when we went in August 2012. Another stunning garden with a historic Japanese house, a teahouse, a moon bridge, koi-filled ponds, rock garden, and a bonsai garden. This garden is so serene and peaceful. I could have sat for awhile by that pond under the moon bridge watching those koi fish or under this wisteria covered walkway.













The Rose Garden

What can I say? If you love roses, then you have to check out the Rose Garden. The roses were so beautiful. Dad would have loved this garden.


The Conservatory

This is the Conservatory which we didn’t get a chance to see because we ran out of time. According to Huntington’s site: “Living plants fill a 16,000 square-foot greenhouse that comprises three different habitats (a lowland tropical rain forest, a cloud forest, and a carnivorous plant bog) and a plant lab devoted to experiment stations focusing on the parts of plants.”


The gardens I’ve mentioned here is just a part of what makes up Huntington’s Botanical Garden. You’re just going to have to go there to see them all! Click here for more info on the gardens below:

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

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7 Responses to The Gardens at Huntington Library

  1. andy1076 says:

    This is one incredible garden! so beautiful..what time were you there at? so peacefully empty 🙂

  2. Lulu Cooney says:

    Good shots. You are like a professional photographer. Tranguility is depicted all over the place.

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