Huntington Verso

The blog of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

Remembering Hilary Mantel

Sept. 27, 2022 | Mary Robertson
Famed British novelist Hilary Mantel died on Sept. 22. Mary Robertson, The Huntington’s former William A. Moffett Curator of British Historical Manuscripts, remembers Mantel’s extraordinary talent and their special friendship.

Waterwise Gardening: Living the Dry Life

Sept. 13, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
One of the joys of a garden is that it is a living laboratory, full of opportunities for discovery. Most home gardeners have experimented with plants, learning through trial and error which ones will thrive in their local conditions.

Mutual Entanglement of New Media and the Law

Sept. 6, 2022 | Jennifer Tucker
From prints to cartoons, courtroom sketches to photographs, cinema to the internet, “new media” is a diverse and constantly evolving collection of cultural forms and technologies that shape, and are shaped by, the law.
U.S. Civil War

Beyond All Earthly Power

Aug. 30, 2022 | Olga Tsapina
In the predawn hours of May 24, 1861, the 11th Regiment of New York Infantry disembarked from steamers in Alexandria, Virginia. The men, commanded by Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth (1837–1861), who was only 24 years old, met no resistance.

A Gasteria by Any Other Name

Aug. 16, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
Gasteria species were included in the genus Aloe until 1809, when French physician and botanist Henri August Duval proposed they be moved into the new genus Gasteria, named for the slightly bulbous, stomach-like shape of the flowers.

The Allure of Aroids

July 26, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
When you step into The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science at The Huntington, you are instantly transported to another world. Consistently warm and humid conditions create a pocket of the tropics that houses a grand display of plant adaptations.

Family Archive Related to Jane Austen

July 19, 2022 | Vanessa Wilkie
In 1736, just four days before Christmas, 5-year-old Mary “Molly” Leigh wrote a formal letter to her father, Theophilus Leigh, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. The first page of the letter is ruled with straight lines to serve as guides for the novice hand, but the second page lacks them....

Titanic Mysteries

July 5, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
In the botanical world, the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan Arum, has been an A-list celebrity. The Huntington first acquired one in March 1999, and five months later, the Scott Gallery Loggia was the site of the first recorded flowering of Titan Arum in California.

Water, Water, Everywhere?

June 28, 2022 | Sandy Masuo
In arid 21st-century California, April arrives at the tail end of the rainy season, which concluded this year with a water shortage emergency announcement. By the time state officials released the statement on April 27, The Huntington's Botanical and Facilities staff members, who closely monitor rainfall and water consumption throughout...

Welcoming the 2022–23 Research Fellows

June 21, 2022 | Steve Hindle
June is a wonderful time of year at The Huntington: The flowers are in bloom, the gardens and galleries are bustling with visitors, and a fresh cohort of scholars are once again poring over our world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, and much more.

Laura Aguilar’s California

June 14, 2022 | Linde Lehtinen and Dennis Carr
A woman lies naked on the ground, warmed by the sun. The organic lines of her body echo the color and curves of the stone beneath her, and she seems to merge with her environment. The central image is flanked by two photographs of desert bunchgrasses and California fuchsia plants,...

Gifts from Japan

June 7, 2022 | Robert Hori
Robert Hori, the gardens cultural curator and program director at The Huntington, was invited to serve as guest curator for an exhibition at the Portland Japanese Garden. The collaborative result is “Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art,” an exhibition that focuses on the intersection of garden...