Valentine’s Day ideas at the Huntington Library

Not all of us can manage wonderful estates and grow beautiful gardens, but in Pasadena, don’t let that stop you from taking your beloved on a romantic garden tour. Just take a short jaunt over to the Huntington Library and Gardens. 

Of course, there’s the rose garden. You can stroll through the Chinese or Japanese gardens. There’s also the opportunity for a romantic meal over tea. at the Rose Garden Tea Room. Reservations required. The price is $29.50 per person plus tax. (Children, 4-8, are $14.99 per person and ages 2-3 are $7.50 per person, plus tax)

If you want more than selfies, visit the newly refurbished gift store. Below are a few suggestions on keepsakes or just lovely Valentine’s Day possibilities.

Bring a bit of wonder to your relationship with a Wonderland bracelet. Does your Valentine’s have a love for a particular Looking Glass.

Wonderland Bracelet


Members save: 10-20%


A unique and charming bracelet featuring wonderfully detailed Alice in Wonderland character pendants including Alice, Cheshire Cat, and White Rabbit.

Made from brass components that are produced domestically from antique tools, which are soldered and hand-painted

  •     Adjustable between 6 1/4  x 7 1/4  inches
  •     Alice pendant stands 1 3/8’s inches

SKU: BT026

Are you still in the lovely-dovey honeymoon phase? What about some lovebirds to celebrate your affections?

Lovebirds Necklace


Members save: 10-20%

love-birds-necklace_f549b804-ed90-4061-927c-c74d95ba9dc2_grandeA sweet and simple birds on a branch necklace.

  •     sterling silver
  •     hand made in California
  •     pendant 1.5 inches long
  •     16 inch chain

SKU: 2259

If you aren’t a poet, but have a poetic soul, then why not a William Morris bangle. The Huntington Library gift shop has three options including the Fox and Grape.

William Morris Fox and Grape Bangle


Members save: 10-20%


Fun artsy bangle based on The Fox and Grape by John Henry Dearle, a part of the vast Morris & Company collection here at The Huntington.

  •     Brass with gold finish and epoxy
  •     Inside circumference is approximately 2.5 inches

British designer John Henry Dearle (1860-1932) produced patterns for textiles, wallpapers, tapestries, stained glass and carpets, which were released through Morris & Co. He became their chief designer in 1890. The Fox and Grape pattern was created in watercolor and graphite on paper.

SKU: 9000W

Huntington Signature

If you want to always remind your love where your heart is and wish that life will be so wonderful it will be like being fed with a silver spoon, then why not try this pendant?

Silver Spoon Heart Necklace


Members save: 10-20%

silver-spoon-heart-necklace_largeUnique, modern, and with elegance of the past, this delicate pendant was cut from the bowl of an antique serving spoon from the 1800s.

  •     Length: 16-18″ adjustable
  •     Pendant: 1 1/8″ x 1 1/4″, silver plate
  •     Chain & Findings: rhodium plate
  •     Made in the USA


Assure you love that you won’t desert her with this book on desert plants.

Desert Plants at the Huntington Botanical Gardens


Members save: 10-20%

yhst-128474721813488_2272_7721763_largeThe Huntington is famous for its spectacular desert garden, one of the largest such collections of cacti and succulents in the world. Nearly 100 years old, the twelve-acre garden today showcases more than 3,000 species of desert plants. Visitors to the garden marvel at its many wonders, including the massive Cereus xanthocarpus cactus weighing some fifteen tons; the vivid blue and green Puya, a rare type of bromeliad; the Lithops, or “living stone,” whose camouflaged leaves mimic the shape and color of rocks; and the dazzling red, orange, and yellow torch-like blooms of the aloe.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, Lyons draws on his decades of experience with desert plants to present the rare and unusual specimens in the Huntington’s desert garden. He tells of the garden’s early development, describes its principal collections, and gives instructions on the care and landscaping of desert gardens.

Gary Lyons is Curator of the Huntington’s Desert Garden and the author of Desert Gardens. An internationally recognized drought-tolerant garden designer, scholar, and conservationist, he is a member of the World Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission, a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the author of numerous articles on desert gardens.


  •     100 pages, 92 color illustrations
  •     8.5 x 10.5 inches
  •     Author: Gary Lyons
  •     Published by Huntington Library Press

SKU: 978-0873282185

Huntington Signature

You might have never promised her a rose garden, but you can certainly promise her rose tea and a visit to one of spectacular rose garden.

Huntington Rose Tea

Huntington Rose Tea


Members save: 10-20%

H_Tea_Center_rose_largeThe Huntington is a magical place, steeped in history and the classic nuances of a glorious, optimistic era. For decades, men and women who enjoy sophistication and afternoon tea have flocked to the Rose Garden Tea Room to indulge in age-old traditions, and of course, delicious tea. With the power of twenty-first century technological advancement, you can now treat yourself to an exclusive blend of rose tea without the hustle and bustle of highway hassle. Paired with a warm scone doused with our orange marmalade, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Or, at least… San Marino.

    3-ounce bag containing loose leaf fine black tea, rosehips, hibiscus, rose petals

Please note tea may not be returned – purchase is final.

SKU: 41380_30218

Huntington Signature | Best Seller

Put a little light on the subject and hum your song when you give this hummingbird lamp. This is a bit pricey, so make sure your love is lasting.

Table Lamp: Hummingbird


Members save: 10-20%


  •     Lamp is 12 inches high
  •     Custom made parts and castings.  Rivet details
  •     Solid brass materials
  •     Hand applied patina finishes
  •     Exceptional hand craftsmanship

    Solid Brass

    100 watts

    California made

Old California is a family run company dedicated to making beautiful unique Arts and Crafts inspired lamps.

SKU: PS-7-603HB

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, CA  91108
  • 626.405.2100

Hours and Admission


Monday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day.


*From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Huntington observes summer hours and is open from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. After Labor Day, hours are 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat., Sun.; closed Tues.


Reservations are not necessary to visit The Huntington (with the exception of Free Days). Tickets may be purchased at the time of your visit.

Weekdays Weekends
Adults $20 $23
Seniors (65+) $15 $18
Students (12-18, or with full-time student I.D.) $12 $13
Youth (5-11) $8 $8
Children (under 5) free free
Groups (15 or more) $11 ea. $14 ea.
Members free free


Purchase Tickets as Gift

If giving as a gift, tickets are available for purchase online or by phone (626-405-2100 x: 2373) and shipped for free.


Free Day

Admission to The Huntington is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Hours on Free Day are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.



Parking is free at The Huntington, and no parking reservations are necessary unless you are a school or tour group arriving by bus.


Bus Reservations for Groups

Groups arriving by bus must make reservations in advance by calling 626-405-2240. Please note that all buses and trucks must use a specified route for entering The Huntington from the north. Violators may be cited.

Rose Garden Tea Room

Reservations required

Book online or call 626-683-8131

Hours, Menu & Pricing

Admission to The Huntington is a separate, required cost. Overlooking three acres of roses, the Tea Room is the perfect setting for a memorable repast. A pot of brewed tea and a basket of freshly baked scones are served at each table. From a central buffet, guests may choose from an array of savory finger sandwiches, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruit, chilled salads, and specialty desserts. Return to the buffet as often as you like! Add a private tour of the botanical gardens to your tea experience with our Tea & Tour

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