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Encompassing approximately 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds, the botanical gardens contain more than a dozen thematic areas, including the Desert Garden, Japanese Garden, and a Chinese garden called Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. A Botanical Center features classrooms, research labs, greenhouses, and The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science. Featured subjects of conferences, lectures, and workshops include succulents, roses, the history of gardens, and botanical research. The Huntington also sponsors an annual Chinese Garden Lecture Series.
||Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues||Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, reflects on their recent expansion and newly founded institute for teaching garden history, design, construction, and maintenance.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kate Sessions: A Legacy of Botanical Bounty||Landscape historian Nancy Carol Carter examines the horticultural legacy of Kate Sessions (1857–1940), the pioneering nursery owner and garden designer who left an indelible mark on the Southern California landscape. Best known for her work in San Diego, Sessions is credited with introducing and popularizing many of the beloved tree species in the region. The lecture is presented in collaboration with the California Garden and Landscape History Society. Recorded Mar. 19, 2017.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Remarkable New Discoveries from Hummingbird Rescue||Terry Masear, hummingbird rehabilitator, presents a lecture about nature’s tiny “flying jewels” and the work of the dedicated volunteers of the Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue. Since its inception in 2007, the group has rehabilitated and released back into the wild 10,000 orphaned or injured birds. Masear also has also written a book on the subject titled Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood. This talk is part of the Southern California Gardener Lecture series at The Huntington. Recorded Mar. 5, 2017.||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Desert Plants and the Making of a Fine Press Book||Printmaker and book artist Richard Wagener discusses how the visually striking plants in The Huntington’s Desert Garden have inspired his recent work. A series of his wood engravings are reproduced in a new limited edition, fine-press publication titled Exoticum: Twenty-five Desert Plants from the Huntington Gardens. Recorded Jan. 29, 2017.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Founding Gardeners||Andrea Wulf talks about her book “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation.” She explains that the Founding Fathers’ passion for agriculture and botany was as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty.||5/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Japanese Gardens Beyond Japan||Kendall Brown explores the evolution of Japanese gardens in premodern Japan and modern America. The program is the first in a new series of lectures on the history of Japanese gardens. Brown is professor of Asian art history at California State University, Long Beach. He is introduced by Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington.||5/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||Getting to Know Orchids||Botanical director Jim Folsom talks about the science of orchids prior to the opening of the 2010 Southland Orchid Show.||10/14/2010||Free||View in iTunes|