Even though we didn't cover anywhere near all the gardens, I took a ridiculous number of photos. I've gone through these and tossed out a lot but there are still way too many to share in one post without testing your patience so I'll break our visit up into at least 2 parts. This one will focus on the Chinese Garden. I saw this garden for the first time shortly after it opened to the public in 2008. The plantings were very spare. At that time the structures, rock formations and lake dominated the scene. That was not the case during this visit.
|We entered here after touring the Japanese Garden|
|Chinese gardens are known for directing the visitor's eye as exemplified here|
|The lotus weren't blooming yet but the water lilies were|
|Although I didn't have a "before" shot of this area, this photo exemplified for me just how much the plants have grown since 2008|
|The rock formations still play a central role in the garden|
I have no photos from our 2008 visit but my husband found a few taken by my late mother-in-law. I couldn't find any that exactly replicated the views I photographed, however. This one comes the closest:
|2008 photo on the left and 2016 photo on the right|
The Huntington has plans for a major expansion of the Chinese Garden. There were banners advertising the plans posted in front of the areas where work was planned.
|Two of the banners advertising what's to come|
I'll cover our stroll through the Australian and Desert Gardens in another post. My visit overlapped with one by Hoover Boo of "Piece of Eden,' although we didn't run into one another. You can see her post here. For now, I'll leave you with a few images of the California Garden near the entrance. It's undergone a dramatic renovation since my last visit, part of an effort to conserve water by eliminating lawn and selecting more drought-tolerant plants.
|To avoid the incoming crowds, we went right upon entry into the Huntington instead of going straight ahead and thus didn't see the California Garden until we were leaving|
|I was pleased to see that many of the plants in my own garden, including Euphorbia 'Dean's hybrid', Lavandula stoechas and Anigozanthos were also featured here|
|This shot shows Achillea 'Moonshine', currently a prominent feature of my own garden, Penstemon and Santolina|
|View of the California Garden from the entrance area|
We toured the gift shop before heading home. My husband was feeling bad about buying me 3 new hoses for my birthday (even though I was happy to get them!) and, when I checked out a vase, he suggested that maybe I needed one for my my weekly vase posts. In addition to vases, I checked out the garden books. The Huntington had a whole section focused on the new California garden. I was pleased to see several I already owned, including these:
|Two books authored by Pam Penick, who also writes the blog, Digging|
You'll see my new vase in another post - soon I expect.
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