Creativity Lab

Activity Guides

How Gardens Can Inspire Calm and Teach Life Lessons

The following resources explore ways that students can interact with seven of the sixteen themed gardens at The Huntington. Each activity provides students with an opportunity to enjoy a garden in a new way; e.g., garden organization, sensory inspiration, and environmental transformation.


The Herb Garden was established in the 1970s and is designed to showcase herbs in four general categories of use: Medicinal, Culinary/Flavor, Cosmetic and Perfume, and Dyes/Fibers

The Shakespeare Garden features plants with a variety of textures and colors, a number of which were mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, that were grown during the 1500–1600s, or have connections to plants of the Renaissance.

The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science is a 16,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse with a plant lab and three different plant habitats: a lowland tropical rainforest, a cloud forest, and a carnivorous plant bog.

The Desert Garden, established more than a century ago, hosts approximately 2,000 succulent species and highlights the ways plants have adapted to survive heat, drought, and animal predators.

The Ranch Garden is a teaching garden where gardening techniques are demonstrated and experimental concepts are tested. It is home to fruit trees, vegetables, perennial herbs, native shrubs, and reseeding annuals.

The Brody California Garden is filled with native and other Mediterranean-climate plants that can thrive in southern California. It is punctuated with fruit trees that reflect the estate’s agricultural roots.

The Rose Garden, established in 1908 and a favorite of founders Henry and Arabella Huntington, showcases more than 3,000 individual rose plants and more than 1,200 different cultivated varieties.


While the activities are designed for elementary school students, they can be adapted for middle and high school students.