The Huntington Ranch Project is an urban agricultural garden project that explores and interprets optimal approaches to gardening in our regional ecosystems and climate – the semi-arid landscapes of Southern California. Part classroom and part research lab, the Ranch Garden draws inspiration from Huntington's and the region's agricultural heritage, while making connections with gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, landscape professionals, educators, and researchers throughout Southern California.
The Ranch Garden includes a mixture of edible landscapes, in which fruit trees mingle with native shrubs, perennial herbs, and reseeding annuals. Small annual crop planting beds are interspersed throughout, with a concentrated row crop area at the core. Many of the original fruit trees – both within the ½ acre Garden boundary, and outside in a mixed oak-fruit forest – came from the South Central Farm, an urban garden in Los Angeles that was razed in 2006. Rescued by the Metabolic Studio, a charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation, the trees were boxed and moved to The Huntington. The Ranch Garden is envisioned as a community resource to help bolster L.A.’s capacity to establish a sustainable and equitable food system.
The Ranch is open Saturdays only from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for guests who wish to self-tour the urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. The Huntington also hosts a broad spectrum of programs and educational activities for adults, families, teachers, as well as professional development for people actively involved in teaching gardening on a community, education, or professional level.
Additional funding for the Huntington Ranch was provided by the Otis Booth Foundation.