More from the Huntington Library
I just didn’t get to spend enough time at the Huntington Library. We were probably there for only three to four hours total. The place is HUGE.
Most of our time we spent at the Desert Garden. However, the grounds have 12 distinct gardens spread over 120 acres.
Not everything was fabulous. This scene with the grassy sward and the statues seems very out of place, like an imitation Versailles. Plus, how much water does it take to keep this lawn so green, and isn’t there a drought in California? I do like the distant view of the mountains, though.
There were a few nice Sasanqua Camellias in bloom. However, I had been hoping for masses of blooming Camellias. And aren’t some Camellias supposed to be fragrant? None of these were.
We spent some time in the Rose Garden, which I enjoyed.
It was a pleasure to see so many roses blooming in December.
We then headed to the Japanese Garden, though we just walked alongside without going in.
Finally we went to see the Chinese Garden, which was extremely crowded.
The Chinese Garden is all about rocks and water, paths and structures.
At this point certain members of our party started agitating for departure. I was disappointed not to see the Subtropical Garden, the Palm Garden, and the Jungle Garden. If we’d had a few more days in LA I would have argued for a second visit.
I realize that this is turning into a grumpy post. Possibly that is because I spent an hour yesterday morning trying to open my car doors that had become frozen shut. Or because the low temperature tomorrow is predicted to be -9F (-23C), with a wind chill of -30 (-34C). Schools will be closed because of the bitter cold. Take me back, California!
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