March 14, 2019

The Huntington: Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

If you’re ever in or near Southern California and have the time, stop by and visit The Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino - they’re beautiful.

American railroad magnate, Henry E. Huntington, purchased the property in 1903. At the time, it was 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 themed botanical collections from around the world spread across 120-acres. Among them - the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Chinese Garden - all wonderfully planted and maintained by master gardeners, curatorial experts and volunteers.

I last visited The Huntington several years ago, and loved walking through its gardens. Earlier this month, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, spent a couple hours there during his recent west coast vacation. Here are some of his photos - enjoy. And tune in to QVC today starting at 1pm ET - I'll be sharing spring pieces from my Gardening and Home Collections.