Like most places California has some beautiful botanical gardens like the one at the Balboa Park in San Diego or the LA Arboretum. The state has maginficent art galleries like Getty Center, Getty Villa, or LACMA. You might even consider Hearst Castle on your next trip in Central California. But when you put altogether
a timeless library, …
diverse and well-kept gardens, and …
an intimate art gallery,
you are rest assured that you are in one of the best must-go-to places in California.
When I first went to Huntington Library in San Marino, California, I was in a rush that I didn’t get to see its entirety. Thing is, I absolutely loved it the first time. So, I invited my landlord, whom I have a good rapport with, and we visited Huntington Library in a much better pace this second time.
I get to see the areas I didn’t get to explore.
This is the outside of the actual library.
– Funny how this is censored. Pfft-
The library itself is so awesome. They have collected rare books and prints of many wonders and famous authors. They got original copies of plays like Shakespeare’s, stories by Mark Twain, poems by Lewis Caroll, studies by Benjamin Franklin, to explorers like Columbus, presidents like Lincoln, etc. It was just so awesome to see all those literature treasures that are encapsulating our history. It’s amazing. Magnificent!
Too bad. This is a kind of library that doesn’t issue library cards and let people check out books. 😀
This time, I get more up close and personal with their art collections.
You see, more doesn’t exactly mean better. Huntington didn’t disappoint.
They also have sculptures neatly scattered throughout the botanical gardens.
From my first post about Huntington, Mona Liza commented that I make sure to take a look at their Desert Garden. So I did.
I haven’t explored much of California desert area other than Palm Spring areas and Slab City. So being close to one of these desert plans and succulents is one for the books. Well, they’ve got 5,000 kinds of it!
And of course, I get to revisit the other gardens too.
The Japanese Garden still look awe-striking.
The pictures may not do justice, but walking through the bamboo paths was awesome.
Just by sitting down, I explored the Chinese Garden even more. 😉
The lilies are more vibrant and alive this second time around.
My landlord hadn’t been back here in Huntington Library, Arts, and Gardens for about 20 years. He thanked me for taking him there and said he enjoyed every second of it.
And I did too.
It sure is a triple threat. Definitely one of my most recommended.
The details, your perspective and even sweetness, things are just clearer the second time around. 😉