hey, Smiley here, last week, i visited the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, a business man who owned railroad companies and real estate in southern california. the botanical gardens cover over 120 acres and are an ever-changing exhibition featuring incredibly beautiful plants.
you can walk through the entire landscape and see the different kinds of gardens that exist all over the world. my favorite was the Desert Garden, by far. i have a strange love for the cactus… there is also the Japanese garden, Chinese garden, Rose garden, Subtropical garden, Lily Ponds, and the Herb garden, to name a few…
before Huntington bought the land, it was a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards and plenty of cows and chickens. throughout the gardens there are over 14,000 different varieties of plants.
this tree is called the Ombu tree (above)- it’s homeland is Argentina. Ombu trees are usually scattered many miles apart. the native cowboys (also called gauchos) have used them as shelters and landmarks. under dry conditions in the summers, the base of the ombu tree stores water than can be used in drought periods. this specific tree was planted in the Huntington gardens in 1914.
the Huntington gardens are open to the public every day expect Tuesday – you can plan your visit here. if you live in the LA area, it’s an amazing way to spend a free afternoon!