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People love Southern California's weather and all it represents--sun, warmth, a year-round growing season--until about Nov. 20 of each year. Then a yearning for things Midwestern seems to set in. The city of Beverly Hills stretches Christmas decorations that depict ice skaters and wintry little Alpine villages across Wilshire Boulevard. Residents from Costa Mesa to Altadena spray snow drifts on their front windows and pray for temperatures cool enough to warrant a Duraflame fire on the hearth.
March 1, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
East meets West in the rich soil of British Columbia. Here in Vancouver, the gardening traditions of Asia and England collide with a splashy, colorful exuberance. The hybrid results are displayed in the city's abundant collection of botanical gardens and conservatories. You needn't be a gardener to appreciate this floriferous city.
February 4, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Huntington Library has purchased the extensive photographic trove of Ernest Marquez, a descendant of Mexican land grantees who owned what became known as Santa Monica and Rustic canyons and parts of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Amassed over 50 years, the 4,600-image compilation includes rare photos of 1870s Santa Monica and Los Angeles. "The group of photographs is the best and most comprehensive collection of its kind in private hands," said Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photographs at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
Citing a seven-year history of permit violations, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday closed a popular botanical gardens and nature study center near Ojai. Supervisors said operators of the International Center for Earth Concerns continually flouted its operating permit soon after opening the 265-acre botanical garden for public tours in 1994.
Lions, and tigers, and palm trees, oh my. The plants at the Los Angeles Zoo still play second fiddle to the animals. But the zoo's extensive collection of plants has won it a new accreditation--as a zoo and botanical gardens from the American Assn. of Museums, announced Mayor James K. Hahn and zoo officials Thursday. The horticulturists see the botanical collections as having a purpose loftier than making the zoo a green and pleasant place.
October 29, 1989 | ROBERT SMAUS
Arboretums are places of experimentation, where experts work to discover what plants can grow in our climate and how best to grow them. The autumn months are an especially busy time at Southern California's botanical gardens. Says Francis Ching, director of the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum system: "We wish we could plant everything in the fall, but we have to spread the work out. So in the fall, we concentrate on those things that must be planted now--spring's flowers and bulbs."
The Huntington is one of those fabulous places that illustrate both the glories and limits of acquisition. The legendary library, art collections and botanical gardens in San Marino were once the private playground of one of America's wealthiest men--Henry E. Huntington--who inherited millions and amassed a fortune of his own as head of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Pacific Electric and as a speculator in real estate.
February 26, 2008
Chinese garden: An article in Sunday's California section gave an incorrect name for the new Chinese garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. It is the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, not Flowering Fragrance.
December 3, 2013 | By David Ng
[This post has been corrected.] The Huntington in San Marino is receiving a loan of a rarely seen 15th century painting depicting Christ that was created by Flemish Renaissance artist Hans Memling. The painting, which was recently acquired by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, is scheduled to go on display Dec. 13, said the Huntington. "Christ Blessing," which dates from circa 1480 to 1485, will be displayed as part of two Memling portraits of Christ in the current exhibition "Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting.
November 6, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Los Angeles Zoo this week announced its first birth of a rare okapi -- also known as a forest giraffe. The calf was born Aug. 26 but until now was kept out of public view while it bonded with his mother. Okapis are shy, with velvety fur, zebra-like black and white strips on their legs, and a prehensile tongue that can be as long as 18 inches, according to the zoo. They are the closest living relative to the giraffe and are found in the forests of Central Africa. Adult okapis grow to more than 6 feet tall and weigh between 400 and 700 pounds.
October 1, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Renaissance art made in Florence, Italy, more than half a millennium ago wouldn't look the way it does without art and artists working elsewhere in Europe. It's easy to forget that travel and trade between Italy and other countries was frequent, including travel by artists and trade in art. Yet cosmopolitan interchange played an indispensable role in the blooming notion of a Renaissance. One of the most important of these interchanges is the subject of a newly opened exhibition at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
October 1, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
The golden barrel cactus may be endangered in Mexico, but the plant has found new life north of the border as a top accent in low-water landscapes. Sometimes called mother-in-law's cushion, the golden barrel cactus ( Echinocactus grusonii ) may not send out its crown of pale yellow blossoms for 15 years, maybe more. The cactus can get 3 feet high and nearly as wide -- truly barrel sized. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will spur faster growth, said Shelly Jensen of Worldwide Exotics Nursery.
September 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement. The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73, having lived long enough to go from being an antihero of the underground to being celebrated internationally for his writing. His life was fictionalized in the film " Barfly ," and his papers are now in the collection at the highbrow Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
May 30, 2013 | By David Ng
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday it has received a $32-million gift from Charles Munger that will go toward the construction of the museum's new education and visitors center, which is expected to open in 2015. Munger's gift is the lead donation in the Huntington's effort to raise a total of $60 million for the project. Construction has already begun on the new center, which will feature 6.5 acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities.
May 7, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Once the great estate of a railroad tycoon, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has just become home to a painting of a powerful locomotive. Last week a group of art collectors helped the Huntington buy a 1935 Reginald Marsh painting of a hulking locomotive at work, belching copious amounts of steam. The painting adds to the Huntington's holdings in 20th century American art, a growth field for the institution, and complements its library holdings on the history of the railroad industry.
April 21, 2013 | By Millie Ball
The gilt-trimmed high-rises of Waikiki offer a seductive escape from L.A. But those who rent a car - a convertible, please - - can find a simpler side of Oahu on the North Shore, an hour or so away, where locals and tourists carry surfboards instead of Louis Vuitton purses (real or fake) and debates about where to eat focus on which food trucks serve the best garlic shrimp. Residents call it "the country," and they want to keep it that way. Haleiwa is the only real town on the North Shore, and it's mainly a line of one-story beach shops, cafes, bars and shave-ice outlets along the highway.
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