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Not A Mirage: The Desert Garden At The Huntington

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LAist took a recent trip to FREE DAY at The Huntington to enjoy their vast collection of indoor and outdoor treasures including two Andy Warhol pieces and the very do-not-touch Desert Garden of 60 landscaped beds featuring more than 5000 species of succulents and desert plants. One of the largest and oldest collections of cacti and succulents in the world, the 10-acre garden is nearly 100 years old and grew "from a small area on the Raymond fault scarp when in 1907-1908 William Hertrich brought in plants from local nurseries, private residences, public parks, and from collection trips to the Southwest and Mexican deserts," notes official website.