Valentine's Day at The Huntington

The Huntington is open Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Whether you're planning a visit (advance tickets required) or celebrating from home, here are 10 reasons to fall in love with The Huntington every day. 

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1. Valentine Tea for Two
Preorder Now for Feb. 12–14
If you're visiting The Huntington this weekend, preorder the Valentine Tea for Two, and enjoy a selection of savory tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and lemon curd, and assorted petit fours. Enjoy on 1919 café patio only (not available for takeout). Must have advance admission ticket or Member reservation to preorder.

 

vintage valentine

2. Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say 'I Love You'
The Huntington's Nancy and Henry Rosin Collection of Valentine, Friendship, and Devotional Ephemera includes over 12,000 Valentine's cards and other memorabilia on love. 

 

letter in Spanish

3. Letters Across the Border 
In episode five of The Huntington's podcast, Hear and Now, we bring you the stories of two immigrant families who, separated by the border, relied on letters to maintain their relationships, helping them cope with longing, isolation, and the emotional toll of moving to a new country.

 

anatomic heart mug4. Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Find the perfect gift for your Valentine from a selection of gifts, books, toys, and decor, curated by Huntington staff and available at the Huntington Store for shipping or curbside pick-up. 

 

Myrtle flowers

5. Myrtle, the Herb of Love 
Myrtle's star-like white flowers and deep blue berries have long been used in British royal wedding bouquets and referenced alongside goddesses of love Demeter and Aphrodite throughout Greek mythology. Visit the Herb Garden to see myrtle along with many other herbs used for medicines, teas, wines, cooking, confections, perfumes, soaps, insect repellents, and more. There's even a tussie-mussie bedtussie-mussies are small handheld bouquets of scented flowers and herbs that have special meaning for the recipients; borage, for example, means "bluntness," while the meaning of sweet alyssum is "worth beyond beauty.") 
Advanced tickets required to visit.

 

Flowers at The Huntington

6. Flower Arranging: Love in Bloom!
Sat., Feb. 13 | 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
Explore different types of love through this virtual hands-on flower arranging class with Flower Duet. Taking inspiration from depictions of love in The Huntington’s collections, participants make two arrangements, one to keep and one to give.
Tickets

 

Venus Blindfolded by Cupid7. Garden Sculpture Audio Tour
Explore more than 300 years of outdoor sculpture virtually or on-site at The Huntington through this audio tour. The tour includes 26 stops covering classical to contemporary works, including Venus Blindfolded by Cupid.

 

camellia garden8. Camellia Garden 
Stroll through thousands of romantic camellia blooms—nearly 80 different species and some 1,200 cultivated varieties—at the peak of their bloom in January and February. See dazzling displays in the North Vista, Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, and the Camellia Garden.
Advanced tickets required to visit.

 

succulents

9. Lovely Botanical Bundles 
New love-themed Botanical Bundles are on sale at the Huntington Store. These herb, succulent, and perennial assortments make a love-filled gift for friends, family, and neighbors. Available for curbside pick-up or local shipping.

 

Heart Hands by Arif Mills

10. The Huntington Is for Lovers Spotify Playlist
Fill your day with songs of love and nature in this Spotify playlist curated by Huntington staff.

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