Lisa Blackburn is communications coordinator at The Huntington.

A Passion for Bonsai

From ancient origins in China and Japan, the art of creating miniature bonsai trees has grown in popularity to become an international hobby. Today, bonsai reflects the nationalities, philosophies, and regional plants of enthusiasts worldwide. What accounts for this enduring passion that collectors, connoisseurs, and growers have for this horticultural … Continue reading

Echinopsis: Queen for a Day

The Desert Garden at The Huntington holds many delights—literally thousands of them—and it’s impossible to walk through the 10-acre landscape without feeling a little bit awe-struck. The sheer diversity of plant species—with their unusual colors, shapes, textures, and adaptations—draws visitors back again and again. And exploring the garden in springtime … Continue reading

Torch Bearers of the Desert Garden

Winter is one of the showiest seasons at The Huntington, especially in the Desert Garden. Thousands of colorful aloes are at the peak of their bloom right now, making it the perfect time to explore this 10-acre landscape. Their torch-like inflorescences, or flower clusters, light up the garden in brilliant … Continue reading