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San Marino in Los Angeles County is a small city of mostly luxury residential properties, with one that stands out among them and is open to the public. Exit nearby freeways such as the 1-210 or 710 and wind your way a few miles along the streets of Arcadia, Pasadena and South Pasadena to Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

The property is one of Southern California's top museum attractions which combines an art museum, significant displays and archives of valuable, historical documents, and grounds that contain an estate house plus 12 themed gardens spanning 120 acres. More than 14,000 varieties of plants are cared for by 40 gardeners and more than 100 volunteers! Among the grounds you can see these themed areas that are a highlight to any visit: Australian Garden, Camellia Garden, Children's Garden, Chinese Garden, Garden Conservatory, Desert Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden, Jungle Garden, Lily Ponds, Palm Garden, Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and Subtropical Garden.

Over 100 years ago in 1878, Don Benito Wilson owned this prime parcel of land and ran a 600 acre ranch which his son-in-law, James de Barth Shorb called "San Marino" in honor of his birthplace in Maryland.

De Barth Shorb sold the ranch in 1903 to Henry E. Huntington, a name known throughout the West. Huntington was a successful entrepreneur who built an electric rail transportation system in Southern California, sat on the boards of 60 corporations and developed commercial properties in one of the nation's fastest growing regions.

Huntington loved the San Marin0 estate and lived there with Arabella, his wife--eventually in semi-retirement operating the ranch established by his predecessors. As he aged, he sold off more than half of the land which was parceled into immaculate estates and fine homes surrounding his estate. Henry and wife, Arabella, worked side by side to build a mansion, increase their collections of manuscripts and art and create one of the finest estates any where. Blue Boy and Pinkie at Huntington Library Are Top Tourist Attractions.

In 1919, the couple signed an indenture which transferred their San Marino estate with its collections of art and books, to a non-profit educational trust. Huntington died in 1927 and Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens opened to the public a year later in 1928.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is an educational and cultural center with 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase collections of rare books and manuscripts, 18th and 19th century British and French art, and American art from the 18th to the early 20th century.

The private, nonprofit institution is supported by gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies, and by a private endowment that provides about 50% of the institution's annual budget. See:
Huntington Library: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA. Visitors: 626-286-1022.

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