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The Huntington LIbrary

The Huntington LIbrary

Don’t let the name fool you, the Huntington Library has MUCH more to offer than a library.  This is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens and collection of French and British art that I have ever seen. The Huntington Art Collections reside in two buildings on the Huntington estate: The Huntington Art Gallery, and the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The Huntington Art Gallery houses the European art collection and includes one of the most distinguished collections of 18th- and 19th-century British paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts outside London.

Located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 626.405.2100

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $20 $23
Seniors (age 65+) $15 $18
Students(age 12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
Youth (age 5-11) $8 $8
Children (under 5) free free

Hours

Monday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

 

 

This is my favorite piece at the museum 1784 Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse.
In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. His superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the botanical gardens. The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen garden areas.

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Also enjoy the beautiful mansion on site also used as the gallery.

 


Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There is no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than to visit your local botanical garden.  Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

Tram tickets: $4. Trams tours are 1 pm Tuesday-Friday; 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. Please check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays.

Enchanted Railroad: $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets. The Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am-noon Tuesday & Friday; and 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own.

On site there is also the absolutely gorgeous Boddy House.  Boddy, publisher and owner of the former Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens.  Built in 1937, this 12,000sq foot, 2 story, 22 room mansion is a stunner. 

There is also an onsite art gallery called the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Please check the calendar to see what is going on and if you go please share your experience here!  I love this place and can’t wait to go back!!

 


Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., grounds close at 5:00 p.m.

Admission

Adults $8.00
Students and Seniors $6.00
Children Ages 5-12 $3.00
Children under 5 free

This is a lovely place to visit for the gardens obviously but there is an on site Queen Anne Victorian you can tour as well as the original Santa Anita Train Depot which gives you a chance to step back into time. 

One thing I definitely suggest is bring some bread or crackers because there is peacocks everywhere and they are friendly.  This is a great place to spend the day and just enjoy Southern California’s beautiful weather and experience nature at its best.

There is an upcoming event if you need additional reasons to go: