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The Huntington Desert Garden

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Address: San Marino, CA
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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mon 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of...
Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of mature cacti and succulents in North America.
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Amazing!

It's like walking though an underwater fantasy land. The succulents grow like spectacular mounds of coral. And when in bloom, should I say it seems like a psychedelic experience?

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It's like walking though an underwater fantasy land. The succulents grow like spectacular mounds of coral. And when in bloom, should I say it seems like a psychedelic experience?

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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A big garden with tons of species to see. Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting the Huntington. It is lively and blooming this time of year. Clear paths, a lot of turns , I got somewhat lost but overall very nice garden. I enjoyed it.

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Palo Alto, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The variety of plants within this garden is amazing. The way the paths flow from one large bed to another is lovely -- definitely a highlight of the Huntington Gardens.

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Orange, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

There are some amazing specimens in this collection. Unless you are a desert plant expert, you'll undoubtedly see plants you've never seen before. Many are in mass plantings that provide a field of color and texture. Bring a camera!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We went to check this beautiful desert collection they got and it sure is nice to discover and see the big selection they got .. Must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

If you like gardens, you'll love this. I could spend all day walking the grounds. They do a spectacular job maintaining and planning the gardens. Different times of year boast different displays so it's worth going back MANY times.

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San Francisco, California
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309 reviews 309 reviews
56 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

As a gardener and garden writer, I travel the globe visiting gardens. The Huntington Desert Garden comprises the most spectacular display of cacti and succulents in 60 different beds that I’ve ever witnessed. With the lack of water a major issue for California gardeners, examining these 5000 species of drought resistant specimens is a lesson in water conservation combined with... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are many other gardens to visit at The Huntington but make sure you don't miss the Desert Garden. Surprisingly compelling once you start to walk done one of the paths. The diversity of cacti and other succulents will keep you looking for more. If you are lucky enough to be there when the cacti are flowering you will be... More 

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L.A.
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Took some friends from Oregon here in February who could not believe the color and blooms at that time of year when they were still under months of grey. Amazing collection of succulents and cactus.

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Fremont, California
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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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