In 1903 Henry Huntington purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas.
The Palm GardenThe collection constitutes one of the broadest representations of palms on public display in California.
The Desert Garden
The Huntington Desert Garden is one of the largest and oldest assemblages of cacti and other succulents in the world. Nearly 100 years old,the desert garden features more than 5,000 species of succulents and desert plants in sixty landscaped beds.
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden was originally created in 1908 for the private enjoyment of Henry and Arabella Huntington.
The Japanese Garden
After a year-long closure and a $6.8 million renovation, the historic Japanese Garden reopened in April, marking its centennial as one of the most beloved and iconic landscapes at The Huntington. Completed in 1912, the nine-acre site, with its picture-postcard views of koi-filled ponds, distinctive moon bridge, and historic Japanese House, has attracted more than 20 million visitors since the institution opened to the public in 1928.
The Chinese Garden
The Shakespeare Garden
The Shakespeare Garden includes many plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays including poppies, pansies, violets, pinks, carnations, rosemary, daffodils, irises, roses, columbines, and marigolds.