Discover The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical GardensWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located on 150 acres of land at 1150 Oxford Rd. in city of San Marino, California. San Marino is best known for financial wealth of it's residents and for it's proximity to city of Pasadena http://pasadena.usacitydirectories.com. Many people, however, believe that city's biggest asset is 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", and 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; double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America; a world-class collection of early editions of Shakespeare’s works; original letters of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln; and an unsurpassed collection of materials relating to history of American West.", 18th century British and French art, American art ranging from early 18th century to early 20th, French and British sculpture, tapestries, furniture, porcelain, and silver, and British drawings and watercolors. Additionaly, Huntington is world renowned as home to Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie.
"Henry Huntington began developing 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 over world make up 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 (including David Austin English Roses); and Modern Roses from all parts of world".
Discover The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden In Arcadia CaliforniaWritten by David G. Hallstrom, Sr.
In The city of Arcadia California, right next door to Pasadena http://pasadena.usacitydirectories.com you will find The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, a beautiful and peaceful 127 acre botanical garden and historical site jointly operated by Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arboretum is located across from 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.
In middle of Arboretum sits 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 beat crocs to lake shore). Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour took up a month-long watery Baldwin Lake residence in homes on stilts for filming of Road to Singapore in 1939, same year Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,/Madeleine Carroll film Safari managed to sink a paddlewheel boat in same lake. Undaunted, television's original "Fantasy Island" lowered a pontoon plane by helicopter onto Baldwin Lake and propelled it across 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."