H: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

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H: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

hungtington1The name Huntington Library is somewhat deceiving. There is a library there – a magnificent one full of beautiful specimens from the past. They also have a vast array of art work … and gardens like you’d never expect to see nestled in this tiny town.

I discovered this gem while a student at Chaffey College. Our interior design class had many field trips and visits there. I never wanted to leave. Visiting here was like a stop in an oasis, peaceful and serene.

The Botanical Gardens, with over 15,000 plant varieties, are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden. The camellia collection is one of the largest in the country. Other important botanical attractions include the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, and Palm gardens.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108



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F: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0F: Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

FW2I think I could visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens every week and still see new sights on each visit. Between the changing blooms through the seasons, and the massive gardens to stroll through, this piece of nature sitting 3 ½ miles west of downtown Fort Worth is a hidden jewel. This is the oldest botanical garden in Texas and boast of 110 acres, beautifully planted and maintained. They not only have classes, workshops and special events, there are concerts in the gardens and several locations available for weddings.

A wide variety of gardens offer serene spots to connect with beauty and nature: A Fragrance Garden, Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden and more.

Events coming up include:

April 10-11: Spring Plant Sale

April 18-19: Flowercade & Rose & Iris Shows

April 25-26: Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden

May 16: Herb Festival

May 30: Orchid Show

June 6: Daylily Show


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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden


We don’t always have to travel far to find our Shangri-La. Sometimes these spots of tranquility are nestled in the middle of bustling city life. In Arcadia, California, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden contains a multitude of serene locations. Here is just one of my favorite spots there.

IMG_0196If waterfalls and running water aren’t your particular cup of tea, maybe a stroll through the citrus grove there would ease your worries.

Shangri-La is where you find it.