San Marino, California-Huntington Botanical Garden Palm Garden HD (2014)
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (or The Huntington) is a collection-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington in San Marino, California, USA. In addition to the library, the institution also has a large collection of art, focusing on European art from the 18th and 19th centuries and American art from the 17th to the mid-20th century. The property also includes approximately 120 acres of professional botanical gardens, the most famous being the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden and the Chinese Garden (Six Square Garden). The Desert Garden is one of the largest and oldest outdoor collections of cacti and other succulents in the world. It contains plants from extreme environments, many of which were acquired by Henry E. Huntington and William Hertrich (garden curators) . One of Huntington’s most important botanical gardens, the Desert Gardens, gathers little-known and under-appreciated flora in the early 1900s. The desert garden contains a wide range of xerophytes (plants adapted to drought), which have developed to excellence and are still one of the best plants in the world today, with more than 5,000 species. .