CALIFORNIA 2018
~The HUNTINGTON LIBRARY & BOTANICAL GARDEN~

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

 

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. Today, the estate is home to more than a
dozen spectacular gardens spread across 120 acres. 12 gardens, 15.000 plant varieties...

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
That red piece of art and object of bewilderment, esspecially if one considers the name 'Jerusalem Stabile', was
created by Alexander Calder - whom I only knew from the artwork on a DC-8 of Braniff Airways.
Why it is supposed to be forbidden to photograph I really can't say.


THE CHINESE GARDEN


We knew the design of the typical Chinese Garden by our visit to Suzhou; very nice

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Stop and smell the ...

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
I was surprised to see fish still present in this shallow pond, inspite of the presence of this cormorant

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.
It reflects the traditional style of scholar gardens in Suzhou, China.
The Garden of Flowering Fragrance features a 1.5-acre lake, a complex of pavilions, a teahouse and tea shop, stone
bridges and waterfalls set against a wooded backdrop of mature oaks and pines.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

 


 

THE JAPANESE GARDEN

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
The Japanese Garden isvery refined in its styling

The iconic Japanese Garden includes a drum bridge, Japanese house, walled Zen garden, expansive bonsai court,
and a ceremonial teahouse and tea garden.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Karesansui - Dry Landscape Garden, a.k.a. Zen Garden

The Japanese rock garden ('karesansui') or 'dry landscape' garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.
A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery. [Wikipedia]

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Bonsai ('tray planting') is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that
mimic the shape and size of full size trees. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition
of penzai or penjing, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ. The Japanese tradition
dates back over a thousand years. [Wikipedia]

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
The inevitable selfies...


 

 

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
The Rose Garden

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
The Rose Garden features more than 1.400 different cultivars, as does the Camellia Garden, which is considered
one of the most comprehensive collections in the world!

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
A hummingbird and a 'Sceloporus occidentalis' (NL:Westelijke haagleguaan); it pays to keep the eyes peeled.
The 'western fence lizard' is a common lizard of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Northern Mexico, and the surrounding area. As the ventral abdomen of an adult is characteristically blue, it is also
known as the blue-belly. [Wikipedia]

 


 

AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK


Eucalyptus saligna, 'Sydney Blue Gum'

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles


 


 

THE DESERT GARDEN

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
The Desert Garden, with a perplexing amount of plants!


One of the largest outdoor collections of cacti and succulents in the world, the Desert Garden includes more than
5.000 species of desert plants in sixty landscaped beds.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
I liked this part of the entire Botanical Garden probably best, because it managed to surprise me so much.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

Henry Huntington's superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the Botanical Gardens. Together, they molded the working ranch into a botanical collection of rare and exotic plants.
They searched local nurseries and visited other plant collectors in the area to find mature and unique specimens. Mr. Huntington imported plants from many parts of the world to experiment with their cultivation in Southern California.

Today, 40 gardeners, a curatorial staff of seven, and more than 100 volunteers maintain the botanical collections, provide educational programs for visitors, and propagate plants that are often included in special sales.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
A house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus; NL:Mexicaanse roodmus)

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
My visit to the Huntington Gardens was a definite highlight of our trip to California.
Wait, we're not done yet!

 


 

 


The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Weird and wonderful

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Chorisia insignis of South America, a tree with serious defenses!


From the majestic trees to smaller growth lower on the ground

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

 


 

The HUNTINGTON LIBRARY
The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

420.000 rare books, 7 million manuscripts...
The Huntington Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization.
The Library's collection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature totals more than nine million items...
Only a tiny portion of the vast collection is on display at any one time, divided between the Main Exhibition Hall and the smaller West Hall.

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Decleration of Independence, signed by John Hancock, President.
The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles


 

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles


The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles


The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles

The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles


The Huntington Botanical Garden, Los Angeles
Hard to see the scale of this book but not much smaller than the lenght of an adult, to be able
to draw animals 'life size'.



 

The Mocking Bird bid us its farewell, when we walked back to the car
The Mocking Bird



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Created: 14-May-2018
Updated: 14-May-2018