Pre­cious and prickly trea­sures on show and sale at Hunt­ing­ton

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - — Lisa Boone

The Hunt­ing­ton’s an­nual Cac­tus and Suc­cu­lent Show and Sale is pop­u­lar with desert plant lovers, and with good rea­son. For drought-con­scious gar­den­ers, the hundreds of ex­otic plants on dis­play and for sale of­fer end­less in­spi­ra­tion.

The show has much to of­fer afi­ciona­dos and cu­rios­ity-seek­ers alike as rare spec­i­mens from Mex­ico and Chile share the stage with plants from Ar­gentina, Botswana, Mada­gas­car, even the Mid­dle East.

But you don’t have to travel to an­other con­ti­nent to ex­pe­ri­ence un­usual desert plants.

Fol­low­ing the sale, vis­i­tors can explore the Hunt­ing­ton’s awe-in­spir­ing 10-acre Desert Gar­den, where some 4,000 dif­fer­ent species of cac­tuses and suc­cu­lents are on dis­play year-round.

In­sider tip: Se­ri­ous shop­pers may want to at­tend the “Early Bird Sale” on Friday as many of the rare show plants are gone by Sun­day.

The Hunt­ing­ton Li­brary, Art Col­lec­tions, and Botan­i­cal Gar­dens Cleis­to­cac­tus win­teri,

CRESTED front, is seen at the Hunt­ing­ton’s Cac­tus and Suc­cu­lent Show and Sale.

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