Step Into Pictures — Huntington Gardens

March 7, 2013

. . . A New Perspective on Relationships
Number 3

Find tranquility in a Japanese Garden


Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.


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Japanese garden
Find tranquility in a Japanese Garden
in San Marino, California

Step into this picture now, or continue reading to learn more about it . . .

It is said that if you only have one day to spend in Pasadena that you should spend it at Huntington Gardens. So when guests come to visit, we almost always take them here, about three miles from our home in Altadena, California.

In 1903, Henry Huntington, who owned the Pacific Electric Railway as well as substantial real estate interests, purchased the San Marino Ranch, a working ranch with citrus groves, nut and fruit orchards, alfalfa crops, a small herd of cows, and poultry. His superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the botanical gardens.

The property—originally nearly 600 acres—today covers 207 acres, of which approximately 120 are landscaped and open to visitors. More than 14,000 different varieties of plants are showcased in more than a dozen principal garden areas.

Forty gardeners, a curatorial staff of seven, and more than 100 volunteers maintain the botanical collections, provide interpretive programs for visitors, and propagate plants for special sales.

The nine-acre Japanese Garden, completed in 1912,  have picture-postcard views of koi-filled ponds, distinctive moon bridge, and an historic Japanese House. The area has attracted more than 20 million visitors since the institution opened to the public in 1928.

Can you imagine walking there with someone you are currently having difficulties?

Of course, you can also imagine entering the picture with someone you get along with.

If you were really there, you could sit on benches in the Zen Garden, off to the right of the picture, and contemplate the quiet center in your heart. This garden has rocks and gravel, which is raked daily with wide-toothed rakes. A little beyond that is a wonderful bonsai garden.

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