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Old 06-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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Gorgeous photos! We have been to the estate of Henry Huntington's stepson Archer in SC, where he and his sculptor wife Anna created a similar botanical/sculpture garden. It's interesting to see the difference between the two, in regards to climate especially.
How neat - I'll make a mental note of that, if we ever make it back to that part of the country...
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I hope that's $20 for the two of you and not per person! Beautiful photos of the flowers!
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it was $20 each - I just found the receipt earlier. I will say that I felt that was worth it, which probably tells you something about how impressive the gardens were. There is a lot more to come on those...
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What a beautiful place! Can't wait to see more!
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The Huntington was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived in LA. We went there quite often. Were the roses blooming? May have been too early, but they have quite a collection of roses. The Japanese garden is spectacular, so I can't wait for tomorrow's installment!
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The photos from the Huntington Botanical Gardens are absolutely beautiful! Being a senior cataloguer from the National Library of Australia , I was disappointed to read that you went passed the library, and not into it
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Friday 28 December – part six: stepping into China and Japan

We headed next for the Chinese Garden, which was just beautiful, and very peaceful.



It may not look as if the place was very busy, but trust me, this was just very careful photographing, as there were quite a lot of other people around, especially in the restaurant.

We came out of the garden, and started down a path towards the Japanese Garden, but I wasn’t sure we were going the right way, and a member of staff kindly stopped, and pointed us the right way. We had to walk back through the Chinese Garden to find the wheelchair accessible route, which would mean us avoiding the steep hills marked on the map.

The Japanese Garden was absolutely stunning, and we loved it, although we felt that the Zen Garden was the only bit that didn’t work, as it wasn’t realistic, having footprints in it. That would never happen in a real one in Japan.



We walked past the Japanese house….



… through the bamboo forest…




… across to the Zen Garden…



… and then we took the steps down towards the rest of the garden.




As you can see from these photos, we were now down at the lake, with the bridge across it. We couldn’t believe how close some people were getting to the water, and that’s when the member of staff at the top by the Japanese house came into her own, yelling in a pretty loud voice “please do not put your hands in the water”. Fair play!

I guess this may be one of the reasons why…



The colours here were just beautiful in the afternoon sunlight.



Next: off to Palm Springs…
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My word! Those are gorgeous gardens! The Zen garden reminds me of the part in Cars 2 when Mater says, Good job! You got all the leaves!" I dissolve into giggles every time.
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