Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nature Study at the Huntington Gardens

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We recently visited the Huntington Library to see the Gutenberg Bible and were pleasantly surprised to find grounds covered with fascinating gardens.  
The first garden we happened upon were the rose gardens.   The R in E-R stands for these:
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She took lots of pictures of roses when we visited Gardens of the World in October, but afterwards when looking at the pictures, we had no way of identifying the roses.  This time she made sure to take a picture of the name plates after taking pictures of each type of rose.   She is excited to put her rose pictures together into a calendar to share with relatives this Christmas.huntington gardens 124
huntington gardens 141We happened upon this beautiful tree with those unusual flowers.
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Such a pretty little tree—I think I could easily find a spot for it in our back yard.  

Next we visited the Cloud Forest Exhibit.   Not being too familiar with cloud forests, we didn’t expect to walk right into a cloud! 
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Throughout the exhibit were cards that opened up showing what the inside of the plants looked like.   We were than able to find those plants and look at them up close. 

huntington gardens 288 Right inside the pitcher plant were several insects in various stages of digestion.  huntington gardens 289

E-R also found a butterwort plant with several small gnats stuck on its leaves.                               

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We enjoyed learning about cloud forest and the plants that grow there, but most of all we enjoyed spending time together!
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  1. Gorgeous flowers! What a fun place to do a nature study!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week, Beth =-)

  2. Great pics! I love the Huntington gardens. We go there often on their free days. It is always a wonderful way to spend the day.

  3. My kids love exploring in gardens. We now own our very own pitcher plant and Venus fly trap plant:) Looks like a very fun and exciting day. Thanks for linking up to the Home school field trip hop

  4. Love the pictures! Looks like a beautiful place to explore and learn. Thanks for sharing!

  5. beautiful! Thanks for linking up at FTF!

  6. Looks like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for sharing your pics.


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