This is it! The last focus of my October vacation posts, I can't believe it’s taken me five months to get here! The Huntington Gardens were amazing. I learned of the gardens by accident, I ran across a book called “Desert Plants, A Curators Introduction to the Huntington Desert Gardens” and while reading it fell in love with the gardens.When we started planning our vacation this was one of my must-see destinations. Of course the gardens are much more than “just” the Desert Gardens; there are more than a dozen different gardens that cover 120 acres on the 207-acre grounds. Here is a link to a map of the gardens.
I’m saving the best for last and taking you through the Desert Gardens tomorrow. Today, everything else (well, everything else that we saw in the 4.5 hours they were open, we could have stayed for at least another couple of hours)…the Lily Ponds, the Jungle Gardens, Subtropical Gardens, Palm Gardens, and the Australian Garden. Unfortunately I only got the name of just a few of these fabulous plants; I’ll share the name when I can.
For starters…why do people have to be so rude? This huge bamboo grove had names carved into almost every one. There were several signs asking people not to do it, obviously the temptation was just to much for some.
This little guy greeted us as we approached the Lily Pond garden.
I was blown away by the size of this Melianthus major...
And the Papyrus too! (that’s the Melianthus peaking out on the ride side)
These Philodendron leaves were amazing! They were at least 2.5-3ft wide.
I’m sure this will make me sound super dumb but…I always thought these flowers grew the other direction, heading down not up.We found this huge fruit on the ground, several of them actually. But strangely we couldn’t tell where they came from.