1 Among the beautiful botanical collections at Huntington is the Palm Garden, which includes more than 200-species of palms that are able to survive Southern California’s cold, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
2 The Palm Garden constitutes one of the broadest representations of palms on public display in California.
3 Arecaceae is a botanical family of perennial lianas, shrubs, and trees commonly known as palm trees - most of which are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates.
4 The Desert Garden features more than two-thousand species of succulents and desert plants in 60-landscaped beds.
5 The Huntington Desert Garden is one of the largest and oldest assemblages of cacti and other succulents in the world. This cactus is Cereus huilunchu. It's name comes from the Latin word cereus or "candle", which refers to its elongated and straight shape.
6 The Chorisia insignis tree has a bulbous trunk that becomes more bottle shaped as it ages. It is covered with stout spines and blooms with white to creamy yellow lily-like flowers.
7 Several varieties of cacti are seen here, but the largest one in the left-center is Trichocereus huanucoensis, an extremely fat cactus that appears almost bloated. Its spine length is extremely variable and the specimens can have no spines or long spines, but it usually has very few spines per areole.
8 Echinocactus grusonii, or golden barrel cactus, is rare and endangered in the wild. The cactus grows in volcanic rock on slopes, at altitudes around four-thousand feet.
9 The barrel cactus in the Desert Garden grows abundantly here, and is admired by all who pass its amazing formations.
10 This Taiwania is known to be the largest specimen in the United States. Taiwania is a redwood relative native to Taiwan and China - this one was planted in 1908.
11 Our tour of the gardens was joined by some geese and their goslings near the Lily Ponds.
12 This five-acre expanse of meadow and groves is the Australian Garden. It begins to flower in early spring, with acacias and continues on with kangaroo paws, melaleucas, wax flowers, and blue hibiscus.
13 More than 100 of Australia’s some 700 Eucalyptus species grow in the garden. The mature eucalyptus tree may take the form of a low shrub or a very specimen. The species can be divided into three main habits and four size categories.
14 I just love these faux-bois ornamental trellises in The Huntingtonʼs Japanese Garden leading to the Rose Garden.
15 They run quite an expanse, and each cross bar is secured in the trunk of the upright trees.
16 The canopy of wisteria overhead is also amazing.
17 For over a century, the historic Japanese Garden has been one of the most beloved and iconic landscapes at The Huntington.
18 More faux-bois ornamental trellises in The Huntingtonʼs Rose Garden are nearly hidden by the roses. Huntington will hold its 3rd annual "An Evening Among the Roses" event on Friday, June 3rd, in this celebrated Rose Garden. Visit the web site for more information. http://www.huntington.org
19 This is a faux-bois ornamental planter.
20 First constructed in the 1970s, the Herb Garden contains many well-known and unusual herbs.
21 The garden is arranged according to the uses made of the herbs: medicines; teas; wines and liqueurs; cooking, salads, and confections; cosmetics, perfumes, and soaps; potpourris and sachets; insect repellents; and dyes.
22 The Chinese Garden sits within undulating white walls shaped to resemble a dragon's tale. The garden features handmade bricks, tiles and wood structures - all with elaborate decorative details.
23 This is the Chinese Garden Studio of Pure Scents (Qing Fen Zhai)�.
24 In the garden, Chinese architecture and rocks from Lake Tai, are placed around the water’s edge.
25 This rock formation is called Cascade of Resonant Bamboo (Zhu Yun Quan).
26 The Chinese Garden also displays very decorative walkways - we could not help but notice all the geometric designs in the flooring.
27 Here is another fine example of the beautiful flooring.
28 This one includes geometric flowers and a triangular pattern.
29 Teahouse: Hall of the Jade Camellia (Yu Ming Tang)
30 The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, is among the largest Chinese-style gardens outside China. The weeping willows add such a stunning contrast to the traditional Chinese structures.
31 Terrace of the Jade Mirror (Yu Jing Tai)
32 Bridge of Verdant Mist (Cui Xia Qiao)
33 And a closer look of this beautifully constructed walkway.
34 This waterfall is called Lingering Clouds Peak.
35 Bridge of the Joy of Fish (Yu Le Qiao)
36 Pavilion of the Three Friends (San You Ge)
37 Here is an example of penjing, the ancient Chinese art of depicting artistically formed trees, other plants, and landscapes in miniature.
38 And here I am joined by Sarah Basile, Corporate and Foundation Relations Director, and Daniel Johnson, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager - they gave us a lovely tour of these beautiful gardens.