What with one thing and another my great plans to share some of the gardens we have visited in my quest to photograph 100 gardens from this book have fallen by the wayside. But I’m here to put that right with another installment of floral delights.
The Huntington, Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, to give its full title, are in Pasadena, California and we visited last year on our US trip. The creator of this place has done an amazing job at combining architecture, artifacts and gardens into one pretty wonderful place.
We concentrated on the gardens but did go into two of the art galleries and saw beautiful paintings.
In the Library we saw the first folio edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, the Gutenberg Bible and the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales among other rare exhibits.
The gardens are split into several individual spaces including the Japanese garden, Rose garden and Desert garden. Each spectacular in their own way and they lead you gently through gallery building to another.
They also serve ‘all you can eat’ afternoon tea in the building above. We had booked ahead to secure a spot for this delight. It was indeed a delight and I’m surprised we managed to continue our tour of the gardens what with our full tums!
I had the macro/100mm lens on my camera for most of our time there and because of that I managed to get a couple of close up Bee shots.
Worthy of a place in the book of gardens to see we really enjoyed our afternoon exploring this garden.