The first week back to school was THE CRAZIEST week I’ve had in some time. It was great to see my kiddos, and they hit the ground running upon our return. However, I had a meeting after school every day last week which really limited my prep and planning time in my classroom. I felt like I was swimming up stream the entire week. I came home from work Friday night and crashed. I felt like going to bed and not waking until Sunday. But I didn’t…
Some friends invited me to visit the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. I’ve been to most of the art museums in Los Angeles, but never the Huntington.
What a beautiful day for a Saturday outing!
The Huntington was the winter home of Henry Edward Huntington and his wife Arabella, both avid book and art collectors, beginning in the early 1900s. In 1919, he signed over the property in and its contents to a non-profit trust creating the current establishment.
The 120 acres of land are beautifully landscaped into themed gardens. The camellia garden was our first stop.
These camellia bushes are enormous and so pretty.
The Rose Garden is supposedly quite pretty in the spring and summer, but this time of year the rose bushes are cut back for the winter. We walked through anyways, and this magnolia tree at the start of the garden rocked my world.
The Huntington is very well-known for its Japanese gardens, but they are closed right now due to renovation. We did visit the Chinese gardens which were still very nice.
Our main reason for visiting was the Sam Maloof exhibit – The House That Sam Built is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaborative project organized by the Getty.
Sam Maloof was an influential woodworker in the mid 1900s. His work helped lead the way in the California modern arts movement. A string chair!
A double music stand and chair created for Jan Hlinka, an LA Philharmonic violist.
A view of some of the grounds from the exhibit hall.
We spent at least another two hours wandering around the Huntington’s home and a few more of the gardens. Since I was only armed with my iPhone, the battery died very quickly. I had to stop taking pictures for the rest of the day.
I enjoyed my first visit to the Huntington. It was a great day. Although, we probably didn’t get to see half of it. There is so much to do and see. We’ll have to go back in the spring when the rose garden is in bloom, and I want to be sure to spend some time in the library which houses rare books, manuscripts, maps, and other British and American history and literature materials – I’m sure that will be a day’s visit all in itself.