Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Huntington Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, California, were founded in 1919 by prominent businessman, Henry Huntington.  They are part of the Huntington Library and Art Collections.  The gardens cover over two hundred acres, and contain 14,000 different varieties of plants. There are more than a dozen
different gardens on the property.

One of the many gardens, is a children's garden in which kids can get a hands on experience with things related to earth, fire, air, and water.  It's not just about plants - it's about science.  Kids can crawl through a tunnel (above) to view a prism of light.  They can feel the effect of soundwaves through moving water in a sonic pool. They can experience what clouds feel like in the Fog Grotto (below).

Other features in the children's garden, include a topiary volcano, magnetic sand, pebble chimes, a fragrance garden where kids can smell citrus, rosemary, and lavendar scents, and water bells.

The gardens are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12 pm - 4:30 pm.  They are also open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 - 4:30.  Admission is $15.00 for adults, and $6.00 for children. 

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