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What: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Where: San Marino, California Why: Ten of the 120 acres here are devoted solely to cacti and succulents—over kinds in all.

Desert Garden Sunset at The Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Henry E. Huntington, US (1850-1927)

Required Reading: Lessons from the Great Gardeners

Desert Garden Sunset at The Huntington Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Huntington, US

Aloe backlit in the Desert Garden at The Huntington Garden

flowering red aloe succulent in The Desert Garden at The Huntington Botanic garden

Greenhouse: Aeoniums 5 of 7 - Traditional Home®

Amazing Aeoniums

In her book on designing gardens with cacti and succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin describes how easy this group of plants is to propagate,

Aloe and Euphorbia Top 10 Favorite Orange Plants — Gossip in the Garden

Aloe and Euphorbia Top 10 Favorite Orange Plants — Gossip in the Garden

the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Photo: gardenbook-KS  The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA is well worth a visit. The plants are amazing. Ruth Bancroft Cactus & Succulent Garden. -- www.ruthbancroftgarden.org

the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Photo: gardenbook-KS (one of my favorite gardens)

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Those of us who love gardening are being reminded of how much we love being among the flowers. That got me to thinking about some garden inspired Valentine’s gift ideas for those we love and I thought I’d share some of them here.

An agave blossom festooned with pom pons thrusts itself into the sky above The Huntington Desert Garden

An agave blossom festooned with pom pons thrusts itself into the sky above The Huntington Desert Garden

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