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By: clearlakemike , 9:23 AM GMT on May 27, 2013
Enjoyed a visit to the Huntington Library whilst in Southern California recently. Amazing, beautiful library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California.
The Dry Garden: Matilija poppies take the stage, showgirls of Southern California slopes -- L.A. at Home
DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, GARDENS,
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIVING
Jacaranda trees in bloom from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs...these are in front of the Huntington Library
When They Were Wild
Recapturing California's Wildflower Heritage -- The Huntington
"California has one of the most diverse floras in the world, spread across several distinct floristic provinces—regions of plant distribution defined by shared climate, geology, and geography. Three of the state’s primary provinces are the Californian (chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, and grassland), Vancouverian (mixed evergreen and coniferous forests), and Desert (cacti and desert scrub)." -- Huntington Library
"Among the wildflowers depicted in the exhibition are California’s largest native bloom, Romneya coulteri, commonly known as the Matilija poppy or “fried egg flower”; the wild California peony, Paeonia californica, which grows along the shaded margins of the chaparral; the lovely “fairy orchid,” Calypso bulbosa, at home in the rich, moist soil of the evergreen forests of the Coast Ranges; the Mojave aster, Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia; and many representations of the Golden State’s official flower, Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy." -- Huntington Library
Huntington Library's Conservatory
Statuary on one of the many lawns at the Huntington Library
And may I suggest for lunch before going to the Huntington Library, B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers (above photo is not from B-Man's) in nearby Pasadena. I am sure there are much fancier places to eat nearby as well but if you are so inclined like I am, then you might enjoy the B-Man's mahi mahi sandwich on a french roll with wasabi mayonnaise like I did. I stopped there again on my way back up from Palm Springs to L.A. As the Hawaiians would say, it was "ono"!
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