Projects in Progress
Pardon our dust! The following projects are currently underway at The Huntington:
Desert Garden Improvement Project
The Desert Garden Improvement Project will open new areas of the upper Desert Garden, showcasing more of this world-renowned collection with the construction of new pathways, a renovated Desert Conservatory with all-new infrastructure, and greatly improved horticultural conditions to create new opportunities for learning and enjoyment.
It will open an additional half-acre of the upper garden to the public—an area visitors have not been able to explore previously. The construction of 1,300 sq. ft. of new, fully accessible, ADA-compliant paths will offer visitors a more immersive experience, leading them into the heart of a garden that was established more than a century ago.
A naturalistic amphitheater is planned, providing space for school groups to gather or for families to rest in the shade of native oaks. The project also includes renovations to the Desert Garden Conservatory to provide improved public access and viewing of the rare collections housed inside. With a patio offering sweeping views of the landscape, the Conservatory will function as an interpretive hub for the garden, with new exhibitions and a potting bench where visitors can interact with the Desert Collections staff.
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The Huntington is adding to its renowned Japanese Garden a 320-year-old house from Marugame, Japan. The well-preserved structure is an exquisite example of a working magistrate’s residence that once served as the center of village life and home to generations of the same family. The project is expected to be completed in the latter part of 2023.