Huntington: Children's Garden  LbNA # 9847 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateAug 5 2004
CountyLos Angeles
LocationSan Marino, CA
Planted Bymoderndulcinea    
Found By PeterK
Last Found Nov 18 2006
Hike Distance?

8/30/06 I received this note from Horseshoe: My Girl Scout Troop found this box and it was hidden in a great spot.
Good stamp. Two of my girls were stung by bees but they are fine. The last time I was at Huntington, my Asst.Leader was also stung. You may want to warn people in your letterboxing directions just in case anyone has a problem with bee stings.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Main entrance on Orlando Road at Allen Avenue.
Hours: Tues - Fri 12:00-4:30, Sat - Sun 10:30-4:30
Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): 10:30-4:30 every day but Monday (closed Mondays)

Admission: $15 adults, $10 students, $6 youth. First Thursday of every month is free, but I wouldn't recommend going on a free Thursday. We went on the first Thursday in August and it was worse than Disneyland...they ran out of parking, we had to get a ticket to return to the Children's Park because it was full, we stood an hour waiting for food, and it was hard to enjoy the park because of the mobs of people. It's worth paying the $15 to go at a less crowded time.

This letterbox is in celebration of the new Helen & Peter Bing Children's Garden at the Huntington! The garden is an amazing blend of science, nature, and fun. And yes, it's totally kosher for adults to play too. :-) The garden is based on the four main elements needed for life: earth, air, water, and sunlight.

There are wonderful interactive elements to play with that incorporate the four elements. There's a tunnel full of rainbows from prisms, magnetic sand that you can make stand on end, a grotto where you can stand in fog (by far my favorite!), a misting area where you can see dozens of rainbows, and a self-centered globe that shows you where sunlight is hitting the earth at the exact moment that you look at the glob.

It's really, really cool.

You can hunt for this box before or after playing in the Children's Garden.

To find this box, make sure you get a map on your way into the gardens. Find the Conservatory (just south of the Children's Garden).

Walk to the front of the Conservatory (south side of the building) and walk alongside it, heading west. You'll recognize it as a white building with white windows. Keep to the walking path that is right alongside the building.

As you pass the white building and the white windows, you'll see a set of cement columns, one on each side of the path. Pass the first set of cement columns and walk halfway between the first set and the second set. Stop.

Now, turn left. You'll see a clump of trees. Walk into the center of those trees. The box is under a pile of rocks under a tree limb at the far end of this group of trees.