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



hungtington2hungtington3Do you have a favorite place where you like to go retreat and find peace? Where is it at? Leave us a comment about your favorite sanctuary location. We’d love to know!