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Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
– located in San Marino is locals and tourist favorite park and museum. Sir Henry Huntington established the Library which contains collection 6.5 million manuscripts and more than a million rare books. Among them are the first two quartos of Hamlet and the Guttenberg Bible printed around 1450 in Mainz, Germany.
The Beaux-Art mansion was built in early 20th century – 1909-1911 and Sir Henry, who made his fortune building a network of trams in Los Angeles
, amassed an enormous book collection.
The Art collection is mostly portraits from English masters and eighteen century French furniture.
The Botanical gardens are a work of Art. In 1904 Sir Henry hired the landscape gardener William Hertrich to develop the grounds. They are well maintained and spread around 120 acres. Different themed gardens have rare plants from around the world arranged beautifully.
The Desert Garden
has an amazing collection of cactuses and succulents, nearly 4000 species; the Japanese garden
includes a small lake, bonsai plants, Japanese house and typical Japanese style bridge; the Jungle Garden
has a wide collection of rainforest plants and insect eating plants. There is also the Rose Garden
with wide variety of roses, the Australian Garden, the Herb Garden, the Camellia Collection, the Palm garden, the Children's Garden
is a fun place for children with different activities and the Conservatory. The Chinese Garden
is under development but is expected to be the focal point of Huntington Botanical gardens.
Where is Huntington Botanical Garden: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Opening Hours: June to August – 10.30AM to 4.30 PM every day except Monday
September to May – noon to 4.30 PM Tuesday to Friday and 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM Saturday and Sunday
Huntington Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden
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