Prized Succulents

The Huntington recently acquired a collection of rare succulents from the late Gerald Barad (1923–2016) of Flemington, New Jersey. Participants at the Philadelphia Flower Show knew Barad as the guy who cultivated the stunning cacti and other succulents that grabbed top ribbons year after year. The beach ball–sized specimen he grew … Continue reading

China Rose

It’s easy to imagine that heritage roses—with names such as ‘Archduke Charles’, ‘William R. Smith’, and ‘Maman Cochet’—originated in England or France. But every repeat-blooming rose today traces its history back to the China rose, Rosa chinensis, says Tom Carruth, The Huntington’s E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose … Continue reading

LISTEN>> Japanese Tea Ceremony

In a suite of audio posts, visiting journalist Corinne DeWitt heads into our three collecting areas—Library, Art, and Botanical—and meets up with staff to explore facets of the vast collections that are the core of The Huntington. First up: Botanical. [espro-slider id=15996]   CORINNE DEWITT: It’s a warm and quiet … Continue reading

Top 10 Water-Wise Plants

You’ve heard the dire news about California’s drought. And you’ve been thinking about swapping out your lawn for water-wise plants. But if you’re used to traditional grass and ornamental plants, where do you begin? Enter Scott Kleinrock, The Huntington’s landscape design and planning coordinator, who helped design the Frances and … Continue reading

Preparing for El Niño

Southern California is bracing for rain—lots of it—as the predicted El Niño weather system looms. After four years of relentless drought, some precipitation would be welcome, but too much at once could be disastrous, causing floods, mudslides, power outages, and significant property damage. Civic leaders and water managers throughout the … Continue reading

Winter Blooms

While most of the country braces for freezing temperatures and snow, many people in Southern California welcome the arrival of winter as their favorite season. Nighttime temperatures rarely fall below freezing and daytime highs often nudge their way into the 70s. The Huntington’s botanical collections also seem to relish this … Continue reading