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South California’s Huntington Gardens in May

May 18, 2012

huntington gardens in south californiaSomething is always in bloom at this legendary public garden in Southern California, whatever the season, but May is probably the most glorious month for flowers. Founded a century ago, when Henry Huntington bought the 600-acre San Marino Ranch and began collecting plants, as well as old-master paintings and extraordinary antiques, the Huntington Gardens now cover most of 120 acres 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Those acres contain 12 major theme gardens, including the newest, a Chinese garden based on classic Chinese landscape design principles, and one of the oldest, the Japanese Garden, which was originally finished in 1912 and has just reopened following a year’s refurbishment.
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