The Huntington Ranch isn't normally open to the public, but they have a roster of open houses, public programs and educational activities so you can get a peek inside. Of course, I chose the hottest day of the year to visit! Though, when you're out away from pavement and structures, you can truly appreciate how amazingly well an established shade tree can cool you down when the temperature is blistering.
The Ranch is there to share, not only innovative ideas on gardening, but is the home of the remaining orange trees from Mr. Huntington's day, a grove of heritage avocado trees planted by the California Avocado Society, and is the adopted home of dozens of fruit trees moved from a now closed urban garden, The South Central Farm. The trees were rescued by The Metabolic Studio and transported to The Ranch. The Ranch also maintains a blog to keep visitors updated on upcoming events.
I'm looking forward to future visits to see how the garden transforms throughout the seasons (and enjoy a tad less scorching sun). Stay tuned!
Further reading: The Huntington Ranch
(Images: Michelle Chin)