Desert Garden at the Huntington Library

Desert Garden at the Huntington Library by gardeninacity


Some time ago I wrote a post about why I don’t plant succulents in my own garden. Ever since then, I have felt the presence of an invisible host waiting to pounce and shout, “Aha! Now you admit the error of your ways!”

Approaching the Huntinton Library's Desert Garden. Approaching the Huntinton Library’s Desert Garden.

We saw the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library on the Monday before Christmas. This garden is fun, exciting, fascinating, and visually powerful. But did it make me change my mind? Read on to find out.

Once the estate of a California plutocrat, the Huntington Library is now a privately run institution featuring extensive gardens, art displays, and libraries, all open to the public. The Desert Garden, covering 12 acres, was the inspiration of William Hertrich, the estate’s chief gardener in the earlier part of the 20th Century.

Desert Garden at the Huntington Library Smooth and spiky: Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) and Agave parryi. I know…

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