We celebrated the rain by visiting the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens both Saturday and Sunday. The art collection alone is worthy of several all day visits. But since I live just 7 miles away, I make frequent half-day pilgrimages. There’s a fine collection of European and American art, including the famous “Pinky” and “Blue Boy” paintings which are displayed in the former Huntington residence.
The galleries are an option if rain falls (rarely) or if it’s too hot (frequently), but our visits usually focus on the botanical gardens. Upon entering the estate one walks through the camellia garden, shaded by huge old oak trees and populated by many happy squirrels. After walking past the house, a rose-draped pergola is announced by the sound of falling water.
The Huntington’s gardens cover 120 of the estate’s 207 acres. There’s a desert garden, a Japanese garden, a Chinese garden, a subtropical garden, an herb garden, a jungle, and a palm garden. Water features and water sound-scapes are found throughout.