The Huntington is home to one of largest and most diverse collections of living plants in the world. More than 84,000 individuals represent about 27,000 taxa, or groups that share certain features. Our living collections represent both a celebration of biodiversity and an opportunity to interpret the dazzling variety of plant life for educational, conservation, research, and display purposes. Specific groups of plants help to define the themed gardens in addition to being of broader cultural and scientific value. Our Core Collections highlight strengths that have been defined by historical precedent at The Huntington, climate potential, landscape value, and importance to various programs.
Currently, 23 groups of plants reflect major strengths in our living collections--for example palms. These are plants that we have often grown since the founding of our garden.