The Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight. Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens feature exotic plants from around the world. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and the Chinese Garden called Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, which opened in 2008. Designed to evoke Scholar Gardens of Suzhou, China, this 4 acre garden includes 7 tile roofed pavilions, stone bridges, and a lakeside café. Children and adults alike will delight in the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden and The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. The Conservatory provides children and families with exhibits designed to capture the imagination, engage the senses and teach the fundamentals of botany.
The Huntington Art Gallery is in the original Huntington home, completed in 1911. The Beaux Arts mansion evokes the “Gilded Age” lifestyle of the Huntingtons, and displays the institution’s European art collections, including the famous Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, Pinkie by Thomas Lawrence, Madonna and Child by Rogier van der Weyden, and Louis XIV furniture and carpets. The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art offer a rich variety of 17th to 20th century art comprised of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts.
The Library Exhibitions include “Beautiful Science” and “Remarkable Works/Remarkable Times”. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible, an illuminated manuscript of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and a Shakespeare First Folio. Throughout the year, special exhibitions highlight art and library treasures from our collections.
Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese tradition of private gardens designed for scholarly pursuits, Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, combines the scenic beauty of nature with the expressiveness of literature to give deeper meaning to the landscape. A walk through its paths enriches the mind and spirit alike.
Discover the history and beauty of our 100 year-old Japanese Garden - one of the oldest and most elaborate gardens of its kind in America. Nine acres include postcard views of koi-filled ponds, distinctive moon bridge, Japanese House, lush green canyons, whispering bamboo, Bonsai, Karasansui rock garden and a ceremonial Tea House.
Enjoy English Tea in the Rose Garden, Café fare in the Shakespeare Garden, or enjoy lunch beside the lake in the Chinese Garden.
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