Like much of the rest of the grounds and collections, the desert garden at the Huntington Library is astounding in its size and specimens. As you wander along a tangle of pathways, you’ll encounter tiny flowering cactuses, hearty golden barrels, yuccas and a tree-like species that weighs in at 20 tons. On Saturdays, an adjoining greenhouse showcases thousands of varieties of succulents.
No, Los Angeles isn’t a desert—but Angelenos do have a penchant for prickly plants. Cactuses are seemingly everywhere in L.A.: botanical gardens, oceanfront Malibu bluffs and drought-tolerant yards. To satisfy your succulent-loving tendencies, take a trip to these stunning cactus gardens, boutiques and nurseries—among our favorite things to do—both within L.A. and a short day trip away.