The Silver Strand Art Group has announced its next event which will be a tour of the Huntington Library Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The museum, one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers, was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927), a businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. A man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens – he amassed one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection, and created a series of gardens on the property which include plants from all over the world. Among the most famous paintings in the collection are Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie. There is a cactus garden, a Japanese garden, a world-class rose garden, and a Shakespeare garden displaying all the plants mentioned in his plays and poetry. More recently, a Chinese garden has been added, along with an amazing Children’s garden, a great spot for kids and grand-kids. In 1911, Huntington built a Beaux Arts style villa, designed by the renowned architect Myron Hunt, on the grounds. The residence was designed not only to live in, but to display his extraordinary collection of English paintings, French tapestries, silver, antique furniture and decorative art. Several additional galleries have been added to accommodate the collection, but the villa gives visitors a vivid sense of the grand style in which people lived in those days. Henry loved southern California and his estate in San Marino. His wife, the mysterious Arabella, widow of Henry’s uncle Collis P. Huntington, who married Henry after his death, was less enthusiastic and preferred the East Coast, which probably explains why they donated the property and its collections in 1919 to a non-profit trust for the benefit of public education. Nevertheless, Henry and Arabella are buried together in a mausoleum on the property.
Carpools will meet at 9:45 am at the Silver Strand and leave promptly at 10:00 am. We plan to arrive at the Museum at approximately 11:00 am. Let us know if you are willing to drive. We appreciate volunteer drivers and cannot function without them. Please be a driver!
Cost: The Silver Strand Art Group organizers have reserved a docent at 11:30 am for a 90 minute tour of the Japanese Garden. The garden has an authentic Japanese house on site and examples of bonsai plants. The Huntington requires advance payment for a private docent for our group. The cost for the docent, which includes admission to the museum and an audio guide, is $25 per person. This includes the admission fee of $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. A minimum of ten participants is required. You will need to make a reservation for the tour by contacting Marilee Karlsen (see her information in the Welcome Packet) or by leaving a comment below which we will forward to her. If the minimum of ten participants is not reached, the tour will go to the museum with no docent and simply pay the general admission fee.
The Café at the Huntington at 1:00 pm
Whether you’ve worked up a hearty appetite walking in the gardens, or are looking for a quiet spot to sip a cappuccino, the Café offers self-serve convenience and attractive outdoor patio seating overlooking the Shakespeare Garden. The menu features a wide variety of sandwiches and grilled items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, and quesadillas, all made to order. Delicious entree salads with fruit or fresh
mixed greens are ready-made and available in several varieties.