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The Huntington Desert Garden

San Marino, CA
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in San Marino
Type: Deserts, Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: Conveniently located, the Huntington includes the largest collection of mature cacti and succulents in North America.
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Palo Alto, CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Sydney, Australia
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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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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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