A Visit To An Old Friend

DSC_9808a(3 photos) A few days ago I visited the Huntington Botanical Gardens. This beautiful carved marble seat is just on the edge of the Camellia Garden.  My camellias compare poorly to those in these gardens. Well, there’s really no comparison — mine are nearly finished blooming, while the Huntington’s bloom all year long. Anyway, I love this stone seat because those dangling cords below the seat look so much like cotton cords instead of hard marble.

DSC_9761aThe Huntington Library & Gardens was the grounds & home of Henry Huntington, a railroad mogul. At the turn of the 20th century he created the “red car” trolley line in Los Angeles. This service connected (and made possible) the vast sprawl of suburbs that is Los Angeles.  Another of Huntington’s business endeavors was a housing development now called Huntington Beach, also known as “surf city” because of it’s long beach, mild climate and consistent surf.

The house I sold one year ago was just a few miles from the Huntington, and my new home is 30 miles from there. I had been considering dropping my membership, but my recent visit reminded me of how beautiful and unmatched this place is.

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  1. The dangling cords are pretty amazing and I really like your last photo of the leaf.

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    1. I’m glad you agree about those cords. I’d rather walk under the trees than sit on that stone bench — it’s cold!
      Thanks David, the last photo is my favorite also.

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  2. Your photos are wonderful, M! Huntington is definitely an impressive garden estate (and I’m sure I didn’t see all of it). I don’t recall ever visiting a finer a garden.

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    1. Thanks Eliza! In all my travels, I’ve never visited a garden finer that this either. And that’s not even mentioning the art galleries. It’s quite a treasure.

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      1. 30 miles doesn’t seem so far after all! 🙂

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        1. 30 or 3,000 — well worth the trip!

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