Discovery Carts


Mobile, educational exhibits for children and families


Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Encouraging observation and exploration, mobile Discovery Carts offer visitors the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities in the gardens using live plants, artifacts, and other objects. 


Each cart features 5-7 activities throughout the day, changing each weekend. Activities may take between 2-5 minutes each, and though designed for children, are also engaging for adults.

Discovery Cart


Discovery Cart

The Japanese Garden Discovery Cart

  • Learn about different varieties of tea and how they are made
  • Practice your folding techniques as you experiment with origami
  • Study a form of tie-dying known as shibori
  • Perfect your calligraphy skills reproducing Japanese characters
  • Discover the art of writing a haiku, a form of Japanese poetry
Location:  The Japanese Cart is temporarily located at the Lily Ponds while the Japanese Garden is closed for renovation.
  Discovery Cart

Desert Garden Discovery Cart

  • Practice your bird-watching techniques and match your findings to our field guides
  • Learn about plant adaptation as you study leaf texture with the help of microscopes
  • Measure and compare soil nutrients in the desert and a vegetable garden
  • Write a poem with inspiration from the desert
Location: The Desert Cart is located at the bottom of the Desert Garden just off the main road. 

Discovery Cart


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

Read More