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The Huntington Desert Garden

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Address: San Marino, CA
Phone Number: 6264052142
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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
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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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Beautiful landscaping with flowers, exotic plants, ponds and more

We stayed with family across the premises, yet it is so huge that going by car was a better option. We parked and spent the day exploring the gardens, had lunch at the cafe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed with family across the premises, yet it is so huge that going by car was a better option. We parked and spent the day exploring the gardens, had lunch at the cafe, excellent healthy food, and returned evening thrilled.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The desert garden is out of this world. You almost feel like you're on an alien planet. The palm garden, jungle, Japanese and Chinese gardens are also very beautiful.

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is magical - and huge. The dessert garden section is just spectacular. There is also a Shakespeare Garden that was in full bloom - and glorious! The place is so large you can easily spend a day there. Lots of walking. It is part of the Art Center as well so there are indoor exhibits if it's too... More 

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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievable variety of plants...small, medium and HUGE. All stunning, some decidedly scary looking, and lots that you wouldn't want to fall into......loved wondering through this garden...

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Thank Anna B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is part of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, so if you go there will be plenty of other things to see. The desert garden really is amazing, with plants from all over the world. I have never seen such an extensive collection of desert plants.

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South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Lovely garden. The plants were well tended and while fully planted the staff is continually changing and re arranging all the garden exhibits. This would encourage visitors to keep coming to see what changes have been made

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

The Huntington Botanical Desert Gardens are to your left when you walk in. Such a huge collection of cactus & succulents. The garden is huge & can take hours to explore. One of the largest collection of desert plants that I have ever seen. You must see it.

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California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We only just heard about this place and had to visit. It was certainly every bit as good as we had heard and better! So many different plants and so well cared for. We took a garden tour (free) and it was very informative.

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Desert Garden and the rest of Huntington Gardens was simply fantastic. A great way to spend a day or a few hrs - such diversity. Grab a map and explore. Families / singles/ groups / couples - fabulous break from the hubbub of city days.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The Desert Collection at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is amazing! At times it feels like an alien landscape with so many unusual specimens: twisted century plants, huge spiny barrel cacti, rare teal-petaled puyas from So. America, huge pony-tail palms, agaves, and many other living sculptures and vibrant color accents. This is a perfect place to find inspiration for texture and... More 

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