Last week, while up in L.A., I spent a few hours at The Huntington.
The Huntington is actually called The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens,
But that takes (at least) five huge breaths just to say.
Photo: Entrance to The Huntington
When I was a kid (elementary school), I went on a field trip to The Huntington. I think we looked at art.
We had to be really quiet and good listeners.
It was really boring, but I was happy we got out of school.
I haven’t been back since.
The Huntington is one of Southern California’s biggest treasures, and now that I’ve seen it (as an adult),
I’m kicking myself for not having visited sooner.
I only had three hours to visit last week, and I didn’t even see a fraction of what there is to see.
I’d like to go back and spend at least another two days there.
The gardens alone take up 120 ACRES!
Photo: Huntington Gardens. The view shortly after entering.
I fell SO in love with this place!
The beauty, is simply amazing.
There’s an enormous (three and a half acre/about 4,000 plants!) rose garden at The Huntington.
Photo: Pink Roses
There were types of roses I’ve never seen and so many of them!
The scent walking through the rose garden –
Well, it was just plain yummy!
Photo: Bench in the rose garden
The women in the above photo were so nice to let me take their photo.
I have no idea who they were, but in my imagination they were mother and daughter.
There’s a cafe at The Huntington, which I didn’t have time to visit. There’s also the (famous!) Rose Garden Tea Room. You have to make reservations ahead of time to visit it.
I’ve heard it’s wonderful.
(I actually tried to get reservations about a week ahead of time, but the Tea Room was already booked for the time slot I intended to visit.)
I’ll definitely go back sometime again.
Photo: The walk towards the Tea Room
I spent most of my visit in the Rose Garden and in the recently renovated (nine acre!) Japanese Garden.
I was there during the harshest sunlight hours, on an 80 degree day.
(In other words, it was the worst time possible for photography.)
Of course, even if it should have,
Harsh sunlight didn’t stop me from taking lots and lots of photos.
Photo: Purple roses (Midnight Blue Roses)
Have you ever seen dark purple roses?
They were so beautiful ….