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Huntington Botanical Gardens: A New Place for Learning About Plants

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The main entry to the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory at the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Author’s photographs, except as noted
The newest conservatory on the West Coast is the centerpiece of an ambitious and exciting program to enhance visitor education at the Huntington Botanical Gardens.
What do people know about plants and how did they learn it? What should children understand about plants as part of the natural world or as part of their built environments? What might a home gardener want to know about plants if you could peak her interest in matters of plant growth and development, physiology and nutrition, or ecology? How might schools and colleges include more information about plants in their curricula? How will scientists and horticulturists increase our understanding of plants? How does basic appreciation of botany become relevant to people in an urban setting like that of Southern California?

Examining such questions was the beginning of a decade-long programming process for the Huntington Botanical Gardens. From questions, to a vision, to planning, fundraising, design, and constru...

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