Huntington Gardens: part 3

Huntington Gardens: part 3

You want to know something funny? Or at least I think it’s funny. I’m just as overwhelmed looking at my photos as I was when visiting Huntington Gardens. Is that normal?

Have a look see–and tell me what you think.

Euphorbia, Cactus, NoId. And no idea.

Another lush landscapy vista.

We’re not in Kansas.

A little spiky this. A little spiky that.

Fancy to the left of you. Fancy to the right.

Barrel Cactus or Megan says, “most photographed plant in the world.”

A breathtaking candelabra.

And this.

Cleistocactus strausii aka Woolly Torch

Ho hum, more splendor.

Notocactus magnificus and Pilosocereus chrysacanthus

I missed the name of this beauty. Anyone?

For now, I’m calling it Spiny Melon with Yellow Flower.

I don’t think the Garden of Eden was like this. No fig leaves–at least in this section.

Hillside hangout. Agave and Cactus and Porcupines. Noooo, just kidding.

Here’s a happy Prickly Pear. Doesn’t this look like a fun party?

Opuntia, Agave, Barell Cactus–and various friends.

Hah. When I first looked at the above photo, I thought, too bad about that telephone pole.

That ain’t no telephone pole.

Head slap. Talk about stranger in a strange land. So disorienting.

Blooming Opuntia & more friends.

So much to explore. If I lived anywhere near, I’d snap up a membership. I recall thinking at the time, reasonably priced, considering the wonder of it all.

Interesting juxtaposition. Wild plants. Tame pathways.

Of course, cropping changes everything. I submit for your musings.

In the wild–or just off the pathway?

Some of the plants didn’t have plaques, but there were tags. I just couldn’t bring myself to reach in there and read this one. Danger, Will Robinson.

Mandatory shot of Barrel Cactus Corner.

I wish I could grow Barrel Cactus. They are so much fun to gaze upon, no?

Dreamy, but I wouldn’t walk in there.

I was surprised by the amount of shade. Not Pacific Northwest style shade, but still shade, of a sort. Kinda.

It’s true. Such beauty exists. I’ll get back to you, because there’s lots more.


  • Tim Vojt

    Gorgeous and definitely overwhelming in photos: I’m sure more so in person. Heck, I walk around my small garden, look at everything and realize there was something I wanted to check that I completely missed.
    Does Huntington have places to take a break, like a gift shop, restaurant, coffee shop and/or nursery?
    That’s how we do art museums: art then coffee; more art then lunch; more art and then gift shop; more art and then coffee. Refreshes the eyes and the brain; on, and those darn feet!

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      There was a place to rest–but right where we entered. Or at least that’s all I noticed. By the time we got back from our walk about, we were tired and thirsty. One old dude (probably about our age!) took cuts to get his drink and then again to pay for it. I thought about pushing him down, but I restrained myself. We still had a bit of a drive to get to our place in Santa Barbara, so we didn’t dawdled too long. It’s exhausting to have so much fun! But such a fabulous place. Can’t wait to go back.

      • Kris Peterson

        For the record, The Huntington has numerous eateries on-site. (The last time I was there I got my lunch from a place specializing in Chinese food, located in the Chinese Garden.) Most of the these offer outdoor seating. In addition, the Huntington has many museums on the grounds, which include famous pieces collected by the Huntington family and their foundation, as well as touring exhibits. You could spend days there and never even cover all the gardens, much less the museums. There’s a wonderful gift store near the main entrance. My recollection is that there’s a nursery open on a periodic (i.e. not daily) schedule but you can also order plants from there on-line for a portion of the year. In addition, the Huntington has at least a couple of special plant sales each year.

        • Patricia L Cunningham

          Hi Kris,

          Thanks so much for the info. I was so overwhelmed by all the splendor, I barely noticed the human-made structures. Next time I go, I’ll do more research and try to be a little more strategic. We were kind of a motley crew by the time we made through the gates–and still had miles to go.

          Love hearing from you.


        • Tim Vojt

          Thanks for sharing this info, Kris! I’m really excited to make a trip out there some day and glad to know about the amenities ahead of time. I’m not sure how much time my wife can stand to spend touring the botanic area, but at least she will have places to take a break whilst I soldier on!

      • Tim Vojt

        It is exhausting to have to much fun; that’s why Lorraine and I are flexible with our schedule. We do as much as we feel like when we travel, keeping track of ‘must do’s’ but keeping our schedule flexible so we can extend or shorten the amount of time we spend on anything.
        Man, I need to plant a trip to LA/Pasadena!