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The Huntington Desert Garden

San Marino, CA
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in San Marino
Type: Gardens, Deserts
Description: Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of mature cacti and succulents in North America.
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Fremont, California
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1,067 reviews 1,067 reviews
654 attraction reviews
758 helpful votes 758 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We always enjoy visiting the desert gardens at Huntington Library. It has a wide variety of desert plants and well worth several hours by itself. If one wants to see the desert gardens in particular, do it first. There is so much to see at Huntington Library and given their hours, we love to see them but always end up... More

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Huntington Desert Garden is just a small part of the Huntington Library grounds. $20 admission for adults weekdays ($23 w/end), $15 seniors ($18 w/end), $12 students ($13 w/ends). Parking is easy & it's free (at least is now). You need a full day to explore. Similar to the Getty museum and/or Getty Villa in its setup. What's there: Gardens... More

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Los Angeles, California
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289 reviews 289 reviews
89 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I’ve always been drawn to cacti and succulents, and had little pots of them lined up on my window sill when I was a kid. So, it’s not surprise that the area of any botanic garden that contains these desert plants will be my favorite. That’s the case at The Huntington, where the Desert Garden is my favorite area to... More

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Cypress, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This world class collection of desert plants and succulents will amaze at every turn of your walkway. The easy way to view is to take the free docent guided tour of the Huntington Library gardens and the guide will point out the important plants. Interesting is that the red rocks placed around the cactus and other plants was brought in... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I just love this place. Every time I visit this area, I have to stop by the Huntington Library. Every time, there is something wondrous for me to see. This time it was the blooming cacti! I could not believe all the different flowers cacti had! The humming birds and bees were having a ball! There were all different sizes... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The overall Huntington Library and Gardens are amazing. And the Desert Garden is the cherry on top. It's a stunning collection of cacti and succulents that would be worth visiting on it's own but is all the more amazing when you consider it's just one of several incredible gardens you can visit while at the Huntington. While technically in tiny... More

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Be sure to visit this Garden, even if you are very familiar with the desert. This has a huge selection of desert flora and will be interesting and different every season.

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Pasadena, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

- Not to be missed if you love desert plants. Started in 1907 it has expanded to 10 acres and has become the Huntington's most important "conservation collection." It is magical to be surrounded by the dense grove of 500 Golden Barrel Cacti - the largest of which is 85 years old. Go in the Spring, for their spectacular flowers!... More

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Desert Garden is my first stop at Huntington Library and it is one of my favorites. The garden has a big varities of cactus. You don't need to be in the desert or just "spring time" to see cactus flowers.

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San Jose, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Hundreds of plants and cacti will make you feel like you are really in the desert. The paths here can handle a wheelchair, but it's not really paved, so it will be a struggle. Come when the desert flowers bloom.

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