Today is Presidents’ Day, and we’re open! We’ve got paintings of several U.S. Presidents on view for the occasion—and pretty much every day, for that matter. But today is a great day to go look at them.
LAST CHANCE: Better paddle on up to the Works on Paper Room in the Huntington Art Gallery—after today, maritime art show “Britain and the Sea” comes down.
This past weekend, we opened “Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch.” On view in the West Hall of the Library, the exhibition spotlights a local history through photographs, documents, letters, and the like. Look out for the adorable snapshot of a diffident, grape-holding “Georgie” Patton—the very one who decades later went on to make something of a name for himself in World War II.
Saturday is our monthly Ranch Open House. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site—an area not typically open to daily visitors—and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follows signs to the site. The open house is free with general admission. And it’s cancelled in the event of rain.
Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, is the annual Bonsai-a-Thon. Internationally recognized bonsai masters will share their passion for the art form in this event that includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. The event is held at the Botanical Center and is free with general admission. Note: There are some Saturday workshops that require advanced registration. At least one is already filled as I write this post. More info on The Huntington’s website.
For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.
Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.