Desert Garden Near Los Angeles, California

On the recommendation of Danae from Folia Collective we made a stop at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on our way to Los Angeles. We didn’t quite know what to expect before we made the decision to visit but we were not disappointed.

We wandered around the Chinese and Japanese gardens, up past the jungle garden and straight towards the desert garden. Their desert garden is one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in the world (and it really was massive) with more than 2000 species spread over 60 landscaped beds. Some of the plants in this particular garden are over 100 years old and were brought in by horticulturalist William Hertrich, who worked at Huntington in the late 1800s and travelled to nurseries, parks and the nearby deserts to collect plant specimens. There were Aloes, Agaves (plenty in bloom), Euphorbia, countless Cacti and Yuccas... all bigger than we've ever seen before and all bigger than we're likely to see again. 

If the greenhouse gods are reading this post then we'd really really like to return to the Huntington gardens as the Desert Garden Conservatory was closed when we visited and we'd really really like to see inside... ;-)

{ This post is part of our USA 2017 Trip }

Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Library and Gardens in California.
Huntington Library and Gardens, Pasadena near Los Angeles.
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden Close Up Cacti
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden
Huntington Library and Gardens.
Cacti at Huntington Library and Gardens.
Huntington Desert Cactus Garden