Walking tour of the Desert Gardens of the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Desert Gardens are part of the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The Desert Garden is one of the largest and oldest collections of cacti, succulents and other desert plants in the world, collected from all over the world. It contains plants from extreme environments, many of which were acquired by Henry E. Huntington and William Hertrich (the first garden curator) during travel to several countries in North, Central and South America. The Desert Garden is one of Huntington’s most important botanical gardens. In the early 1900s, it brought together a group of basically unknown and undervalued plants. The desert garden contains a wide range of xerophytes (plants adapted to drought) that have developed to excellence and today is still one of the best gardens in the world, with more than 5,000 species in a 10-acre (4 hectare) garden. Today, two dozen succulents and other drought-adapted plants have developed into a 10-acre garden display area, the most important conservation collection in Huntington. The Desert Garden has more than 5,000 succulents and desert plants on 60 landscaped beds. Many plants are marked with their name and country of origin. A closer look reveals the different ways that succulents adapt to drought and defend against enemies. Most retain water in leaves, stems or roots. Many people use sharp thorns or thorns to protect themselves, and some people use a waxy or fleece protective layer to reflect sunlight and reduce water loss. The Huntington Library is the jewel in the crown of Pasadena. This 207-acre hilltop manor was once the home of industrialist and railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927), and he bought books on the same scale as the land he acquired. The ever-expanding collection includes dozens of Shakespeare’s first editions, Benjamin Franklin’s handwritten autobiography, the Gutenberg Bible from the 1450s, and the earliest known manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Although some rare works are for visiting scholars only, the library has a regularly changing (and always great) exhibition that showcases hundreds of different items in the collection. If you prefer canvas to parchment, Huntington also has a collection of British and French art from the 18th and 19th centuries. The most famous paintings are Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy” and Sir Thomas Lawrence’s “Pinkie”, depicting the young aunt of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. These and other Renaissance paintings and bronzes are displayed in the Italian mansion at the top of this hillside manor, so you can also get a glimpse of its magnificent furnishings. American art is exhibited in other galleries, including works from Edward Hopper to Andy Warhol. But what attracts most locals to Huntington is the vast botanical garden with more than 14,000 different plants. The Japanese garden is equipped with a traditional open-air Japanese house, a koi stream and a tranquil Zen garden. There is also an exotic desert garden, a charming jungle garden, a Bing children’s garden (designed for children aged 2-7) and a glass steel plant science greenhouse, where visitors can learn some basic knowledge of botany through the following conditions: The most advanced science station. The latest addition is a 4.5-acre New China Garden, one of the largest of the 14 professional gardens in Huntington Gardens. Highlights include lakes, tea houses, pavilions and bridges in the landscape of native Chinese plants. #huntingtonlibrary #descansogardens #gettycenter #lacountyarboretum Please support my channel. Click like to comment and subscribe to more videos: If you think I changed your life, please consider donating to support my efforts so that I can continue to upload high-quality videos. Thank you for your continued support. Julius is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that aims to provide a way for websites to earn advertising fees through advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is my favorite product and service: please follow me on Instagram:.