Over the past few months, I've made as many trips to The Huntington as I have to Disneyland. It's one of my favorite places to visit in the entire L.A. area, so much so that I've been an AP holder for the past several years. The Huntington is officially located in San Marino, CA, although a lot of folks say it's in Pasadena, and is well-known for its gardens, art collection and library. It's been a pretty momentous year for The Huntington. They celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden. The new Chinese Garden officially opened. And the Art Gallery re-opened after a major two-year renovation. The Huntington is a great place to relax, enjoy the scenery. And yes, take photos.
After parking the car on a recent trip, I made special note of my parking location.
This has now become my favorite location to park. Only a Disney geek like me would feel warm and fuzzy from seeing this. However, at The Huntington, no tram is needed to get to the main entrance.
Approaching the main entrance
The Rose Garden was established by Henry and Arabella Huntington in 1908. The garden was looking spectacular earlier this spring and there was an accompanying exhibit: La Rose Imperiale.
Um, that's a lot of roses. The ever popular Tea Room is in the background.
A large group of red hat wearing ladies on their way to the Tea Room one Sunday.
Getting ready to bloom
The Boone Gallery housed the temporary exhibit, La Rose Imperiale, which showcased over 100 rare illustrated herbals and rose books.
There were also rose scent stations
And bowls of dried rose petals
Outside of the Boone Gallery, I came across these two creatures.
And then it was off to see the new Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan (Garden of Flowing Fragrance). At the east entrance to the garden, sat this Stone Tiger. Could Dr. Jones be nearby?
This is the garden's main entrance
As you step through the doorway, you come upon this inscription above you: Another World Lies Beyond.
The Jade Ribbon Bridge is one of the garden's many highlights
Water is a major feature in traditional Chinese gardens; this is the Jade Ribbon Bridge as seen from the other side of the small lake
Visitors take a break inside the Pavilion of the Three Friends
Walkway detail from one of the garden courtyards
A small footbridge over the Flower Washing Brook
The impressive tea house (and yes, Chinese tea and refreshments are available)
The interior of the tea house
The Tea House from the other side
I really love the addition of the Chinese Garden to The Huntington. It's beautiful and it's not yet finished. There were some roped off areas on the east end of the garden where additional plantings and landscaping was going on.
That's it for part 1. I'll be back tomorrow with photos from some of the other gardens (Desert Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Japanese Garden) and then pictures from the renovated Art Gallery.