Huntington Botanical Garden in San Marino, California is one of the best gardens I have ever visited. Well-designed with a great variety of specimens, and vistas opening here and there, pleasure awaits the plant lover around every bend.
At the entrance, the xerophytic California garden demonstrates the beauty that can be had without the use of a great deal of water.
There are many different habitats represented over 120 acres– a forest of Palms from the world over, a large Desert garden (my favorite), Australian, Japanese (wonderful bonsai), Chinese with outdoor pavilions around a pond (fairly new and still becoming established), Rose, Herb, Children’s, Camellias plus a jungle Conservatory.
Also on the 207-acre estate are museums housing a fine research library (they have a Gutenberg bible) and art collections of Henry and Arabella Huntington (including ‘Blue Boy’ and ‘Pinkie’).
So much to see, but I’ll share my favorites, mostly from the Desert gardens (my IDs may be fuzzy, as many tags were tough to see):