Huntington Botanical Gardens
Located just outside of Pasadena, near Caltech, the Huntington Botanical Gardens sit on the grounds of the Huntington Library and Art Collection. The 120-acre site, founded in 1919, is actually 12 separate gardens, including a desert garden, a formal Japanese garden, a Chinese garden and a children’s garden. The site is particularly known for its lily ponds and its camellia collection of more than 1,200 species.
Together, the collection is home to more than 15,000 plant species. This ensures there’s always something in bloom, and it takes 40 gardeners and 100 volunteers to keep the site looking its best.
The Huntington Gardens are frequently used in films. Popular the many movies filmed here include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “The Wedding Singer.”
The gardens are open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $23 on weekdays and $25 on weekends. Senior (65+) and student (12-18) admission is $19/$21. Youth (4-11) admission is $10. Children younger than 4 are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone on the first Thursday of the month.
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Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108