Discover The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Written by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located on 150 acres of land at 1150 Oxford Rd. inrepparttar city of San Marino, California. San Marino is best known forrepparttar 145401 financial wealth of it's residents and for it's proximity torepparttar 145402 city of Pasadena Many people, however, believe thatrepparttar 145403 city's biggest asset isrepparttar 145404 Huntington Library which is made of three art galleries and a library which "showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts", andrepparttar 145405 botanical garden with a collection which "features over 14,000 different species of plants".

The Huntington houses such treasures as "the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; a Gutenberg Bible on vellum;repparttar 145406 double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America; a world-class collection ofrepparttar 145407 early editions of Shakespeare’s works; original letters of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln; and an unsurpassed collection of materials relating torepparttar 145408 history ofrepparttar 145409 American West.", 18th century British and French art, American art ranging fromrepparttar 145410 early 18th century torepparttar 145411 early 20th, French and British sculpture, tapestries, furniture, porcelain, and silver, and British drawings and watercolors. Additionaly,repparttar 145412 Huntington is world renowned as home to Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie.

"Henry Huntington began developingrepparttar 145413 Botanical Gardens in 1903. Now they span nearly 150 acres with sweeping lawns and vistas interspersed with statuary, tempiettos, and benches. Approximately 15,000 kinds of plants from all overrepparttar 145414 world make uprepparttar 145415 botanical collections, many landscaped into a series of theme gardens."

The three and a half acre Huntington Rose Garden is comprised of approximately 1,200 cultivars made up of "Old Garden Roses (roses developed before 1901); China, Tea, and Noisette Roses; Shrub Roses (includingrepparttar 145416 David Austin English Roses); and Modern Roses from all parts ofrepparttar 145417 world".

Discover The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden In Arcadia California

Written by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.

In The city of Arcadia California, right next door to Pasadena you will find The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, a beautiful and peaceful 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated byrepparttar Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation andrepparttar 145400 Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arboretum is located across fromrepparttar 145401 Santa Anita Race Track is at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007. It is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; admission closes at 4:30.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and over), $5 for students with ID, and $2.50 for children 5- 12. Children under 5 and members are admitted free. Unlike most attractions these days, parking is free.

Inrepparttar 145402 middle ofrepparttar 145403 Arboretum sitsrepparttar 145404 four acre Baldwin Lake which has been used in filming numerous movies and television shows. "Johnny Weissmuller swam in LASCA Lagoon/Baldwin Lake for three decades as Tarzan and later Jungle Jim. A local news story reported that he, in fact, set an unrecorded Olympic swim record when a cage of crocodiles was accidentally opened during filming (Weissmuller beatrepparttar 145405 crocs torepparttar 145406 lake shore). Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour took up a month-long watery Baldwin Lake residence in homes on stilts forrepparttar 145407 filming of Road to Singapore in 1939,repparttar 145408 same yearrepparttar 145409 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,/Madeleine Carroll film Safari managed to sink a paddlewheel boat inrepparttar 145410 same lake. Undaunted, television's original "Fantasy Island" lowered a pontoon plane by helicopter onto Baldwin Lake and propelled it acrossrepparttar 145411 water to disembark visitors to Mr. Roark's island paradise. For Alex Haley's "Roots II", Baldwin Lake became Kunta Kinte's river home in Africa."

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