You know that feeling a garden can give you—when you’re wandering around and suddenly you have to remind yourself what town/city you’re even in? That’s the Huntington. Just outside Los Angeles, its campus encompasses a library with more than 7 million manuscripts like the papers of Octavia E. Butler and the Ellesmere Chaucer; art galleries; and a 120-acre garden.
This dreamscape has 12 gardens, including lily ponds, an Australian garden, a California garden, a desert garden, a rose garden, a Shakespeare garden, and a Japanese garden with a wild topography structured with a moon bridge, koi ponds and a ceremonial tea house.
Here are some shots from a recent visit. Also open is Visual Voyages, a truly stunning exhibition featuring the botanical art from Latin America in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. No photos were allowed in that gallery, so you’ll have to take our word for it: Go. Now. Although dated from the 15th through 19th centuries, the art feels radical and revelatory in how it depicts plant life cycles, dimensionality and the collision of cultures, flattened into 2-D.
Why the urgency? The show ends January 8, 2018, just in time for the start of camellia season.
Until then, let’s stroll past the statues and the astilbes.