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The Huntington’s Botanical Gardens – A Little Eden in Los Angeles

(LA Trend) — The Huntington, renowned for its extensive library and impressive art collection, has reopened its vast botanical gardens to the public, providing Angelenos with an opportunity to view some of nature’s most beautiful creations in a safe, stress-free manner.

Consisting of 16 themed gardens scattered across around 120 acres, the Huntington’s botanical gardens include about 15,000 different varieties of plants from all around the globe.

Established by Henry E. Huntington and Arabella Huntington in 1909, the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, is a collections-based educational and research institution that hosts numerous exhibitions, special programs, and initiatives year-round. While the inside portions are currently closed, many of the outdoor areas are open with admission.

Below are a few of the many highlights you can explore:

  • The Australian Garden, which features acacias, kangaroo paws, melaleucas, wax flowers, and blue hibiscus, along with more than 100 of Australia’s 700 Eucalyptus species.
  • The Chinese Garden, whose landscape design was formulated in Suzhou in the 16th and 17th centuries and features the breathtaking Lake of Reflected Fragrance.
  • The Herb Garden, featuring countless common and uncommon herbs that are arranged according to their uses, like medicines, teas, wines and liqueurs, cooking, perfumes, soaps, insect repellents, dyes, and more.
  • The Shakespeare Garden, consisting of various plants that were cultivated in England during Shakespeare’s time, plants that were mentioned in his plays and sonnets, and others whose ancestors trace back to plants of his Renaissance writings.
  • The Mausoleum, a Colorado Yule marble memorial dedicated to Henry and Arabella Huntington that overlooks the gardens from a small hill in the middle of the orange groves.

Other areas that guests are free to explore are the California Garden, the Camellia Garden, the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Jungle Garden, the Lily Ponds, the Palm Garden, the Ranch Garden, the Rose Garden, the Subtropical Garden, and the many sculptures and fountains that dot this lovely little paradise.

And because the Huntington cares about its patrons, the institution has taken extra steps to ensure that those who visit the gardens can do so in a secure way. Below are some of the protocols the Huntington has implemented to protect visitors:

  • All visitors, including members, must purchase their tickets online.
  • All visitors will be required to wear cloth masks or face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times, except for children under two years of age, or when eating or drinking.
  • Symptom screenings and temperature checks will be given to all visitors and staff members before entering the grounds.
  • Visitors must stay six feet or farther away from each other at all times, unless they’re part of a group of six people or fewer.
  • The visitor capacity at the Huntington botanical gardens has been reduced to prevent large crowds from forming on the grounds.
  • Click here for the full list of measures the institute has taken during COVID-19.

So whether you’re a weekend gardener or a professional grower or you’re just looking for a peaceful day spent outdoors, the Huntingon’s botanical gardens is sure to have something to appeal to all interests.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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