Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll through the well-maintained gardens, a browse through the art or library collections or a bite to eat from the famous Rose Garden Tea Room, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a popular destination for Southern California natives and tourists alike.
Located in San Marino, just a short drive east of Burbank and south of the 210 Freeway, The Huntington touts its membership as the best value for those who plan to visit the garden at least three times per year. With special events, musical performances, classes, tours, rotating collections and the changing seasons, there is something new to see every month.
Even in January, while parts of the botanical gardens are dormant or not blooming, there are still many types of flowers and plants blooming, including the well-curated roses. The desert garden is perhaps at its most vibrant during the winter months.
Although The Huntington has several dining options, including the 1919 cafe, Red Car coffee shop, Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House and the Patio Grill, the Rose Garden Tea Room remains a very popular stop for their tea service.
The Rose Garden Tea Room service includes a variety of small bites, from scones to finger sandwiches to desserts. Accompanied by the diner’s choice from nearly 20 different varieties of tea, the tea service is a fun way to enjoy the flavors and colors of the season.
Reservations are highly recommended for tea at the Rose Garden Tea Room. The other eateries on site do a brisk walk-up business as well.
Admission to The Huntington is $25 for adults, $21 for seniors and students and $13 for children ages 4-11 during the week. On Saturdays and Sundays, admission increases to $29 for adults and $24 for students and seniors.
Open daily, except for Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Huntington is a beautiful escape from the noise and traffic of the surrounding Los Angeles area. The expansive gardens display several different climates and regions of the world. More information can be found on their website.
Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.