Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rose Garden

The Huntington Gardens are composed of several gardens; go for one of the tours (free with paid admission or if you are a member) and learn about what is blooming and how the garden are maintained. There are fourteen gardens to explore: the famous Japanese Garden, which has doubled in numerous films as Japan; the Children's Garden with its' interactive exhibits; the Lily Ponds showcasing serenely floating lotus flowers; the Botanical Conservatory, which houses the beautiful plants which provide our cocoa and vanilla; and my favorite, the Rose Garden, which has more roses in one place than I have ever seen in my life. To be amid hundreds of roses when they are blooming is a sensuous and heady experience.

Beauty is inspirational; a beautiful garden is one of the best kinds of inspiration.

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