A traditional mission of botanical gardens has been to collect, display, and study plants, both native and exotic. Los Angeles is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, permitting cultivation of a broad range of plant species. Both gardens feature biogeographic collections from our climate zone and beyond. Join us on this tour to see plants from countries throughout the world, history, art, and culture. Bring your passport! Your tour begins at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The 127-acre oasis, founded in 1948, is nestled into residential Arcadia. This beautiful garden combines spectacular plant collections from around the world, history from the E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin late 1800s, and peacocks.
Tour highlights include: Madagascar Spiny Forest; Garden for All Seasons (food plants); Prehistoric forest (cycads and conifers); historic Queen Anne Cottage, Coach Barn, and Santa Anita Depot; Plumeria Grove; and Engelmann Oak Grove. Lunch will be served at the Peacock Café. Following lunch is a visit to the 209-acre Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, founded in 1903 as the estate of railroad and real estate businessman Henry E. Huntington. General and specialty tours will feature historical garden areas such as the Desert and Japanese gardens, as well as newer gardens including the Entrance and Visitor Center, the Ranch, and the Cycad Walk. Or tour the gardens and galleries on your own. An open house will be held in the Brody Botanical Center where the botanical art exhibit Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens will be on display. And don’t miss NASA’s Orbit Pavilion, an innovative “soundscape” experience inside a large, shell-shaped sculpture, representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.
Lunch will be provided on this tour.