True story! I was perusing through Instagram Stories and came across an artist who I follow who lives in California. She posted a few snaps and videos at The Huntington Library in LA on Friday and I was there experiencing it in real life Saturday afternoon. When I saw the clips, I knew I had to go. It looked insanely magical. What I wasn’t prepared for was something even more incredible than I ever imagined. I’m a self-proclaimed plant lady who’s obsessed with succulents, cacti and flowers. Imagine the garden of your dreams and then multiply it by 15 and then you might come close to the epic experience of visiting The Huntington Library.
It is comprised of two sections mainly, the garden section and the museum section. My boyfriend and I got there about 2 hours before closing unfortunately and were really only able to take in about half of the garden section. The great thing about this, however, is that it certainly means another visit or three! Never have I ever seen so much amazing vegetation, perfectly landscaped gardens or a bamboo forest all combined into an experience that makes you feel like you aren’t in Southern California anymore. At times it felt pre-historic, other times you feel like you’re in Japan or Italy. I just don’t even have words for how enriching this experience was. I left feeling completely rejuvenated. Somewhere between seeing monarch butterflies, little cotton-tail bunnies, lily pads and breathing in the freshest air with the perfect aroma of flowers, it was like I blossomed into a new person.
I think what I found most striking about this incredible place is the foresight of the people who started planting these amazing trees, succulents, cacti, flowers, etc so long ago. To have been able to imagine what this place could be and to clearly go above and beyond in every aspect to see it through truly brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for places like this because it gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to experience the intersection of brilliant human beings and the effortless perfection of nature. We are spoiled here on earth to be among such wonderful plant life.
This environment is so inspiring. I tried really hard not to take many pictures because I wanted to be present in the experience, but it was so difficult not to. Everywhere you turned there was something beautiful just waiting to be captured, waiting to be felt. I truly loved every minute of being here and cannot wait to go back.
The above pictures are just a few pictures of the incredible Japanese Garden section. I cannot articulate how immersive it was. You truly feel like you’re in Japan! The energy changes when you enter into this area. Side note….there’s a lovely Bonsai Garden that is literally the sweetest thing you will ever see! I could rave for an entire day about the attention to detail in the landscaping here! In addition to the garden, there are lovely pond areas with ducks and koi fish and lily pads every where! And a waterfall! When I tell you that it truly got more and more magical with every turn, I can assure you that I am not exaggerating.
And then…and then…and then…there’s the section that makes you feel like you’ve somehow ended up in Tuscany. When I saw this, I squealed out loud. We got lucky. The sky was so perfect. It was the perfect backdrop to a jaw dropping view of LA. Truthfully, I could write a thousand different sentences describing the beauty of this place and how it made me feel, but I’ll summarize it like this. I loved feeling small against nature. I loved seeing life forms of all kind thrive. I loved sharing this with the love of my life. I loved this day as much as any person can love a day. I loved these moments of feeling more like a kid in a candy store than an adult just trying to take it all in. I loved this day deeply. I loved this day madly. I loved.
Dress: Zara | Shoes: Steve Madden (old) | Sunglasses: Zara (sold out online) | Purse: JCrew (old)