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Lisa Blackburn is senior editor and special projects manager in the office of communications and marketing at The Huntington.

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Posted on Oct. 14, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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Visitors can discover an expansive new way to look at miniature trees in "Lifelines/Timelines: Exploring The Huntington's Collections Through Bonsai," on view Oct. 17, 2020 to Jan. 25, 2021 ...
Posted on Sep. 2, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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Notebook paper, No. 2 pencils, colorful new backpacks. Hand sanitizer? Some back-to-school essentials never change, but the COVID-19 pandemic has turned an annual rite on its ear ...
Posted on Jul. 8, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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With the reopening of the Botanical Gardens following a three-month COVID-19 closure, visitors have been eagerly returning to The Huntington ...
Posted on May. 13, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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The Huntington's bimonthly newsletter has been in print for more than a half-century ...
Posted on Apr. 27, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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Almost every garden has some common requirements: healthy soil, sunlight, irrigation, regular maintenance. But there are those who will tell you that a rose garden needs something more ...
Posted on Nov. 27, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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When New Year's Day dawns on Jan. 1, 2020, tens of thousands of spectators will line Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, bundled up against the morning chill to be part of a 131-year-old tradition: the annual...
Posted on Mar. 20, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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Ask any bonsai aficionado to name the most famous bonsai in North America, and the answer will almost certainly be "Goshin." ...
Posted on Feb. 6, 2019 by Lisa Blackburn
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Seven paintings by the contemporary British artist Celia Paul (born 1959) will be on view Feb. 9–July 8 in the Huntington Art Gallery ...
Posted on Sep. 5, 2018 by Lisa Blackburn
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A generous bequest from Long Beach art collector Victor Gail (1929–2014) has greatly enhanced The Huntington's American decorative arts collection while underwriting its care and interpretation.. ...
Posted on Dec. 18, 2017 by Lisa Blackburn
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If the hectic pace of the holiday season has you craving a bit of tranquility, try this centuries-old tip for restoring inner calm—spend some quiet time in the contemplation of stones The annual
Posted on Sep. 6, 2017 by Lisa Blackburn
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It’s one thing to read about history in a school textbook. It’s quite another thing to engage with it first-hand: to make personal connections with history and, by doing so, to gain perspectives on...
Posted on Feb. 17, 2016 by Lisa Blackburn
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Happy 4714! According to the lunar calendar, that’s the brand new year that began on Feb. 8, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. In China and in many Asian cultures around the world—and in communities...
Posted on Jan. 4, 2016 by Lisa Blackburn
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Southern California is bracing for rain—lots of it—as the predicted El Niño weather system looms. After four years of relentless drought, some precipitation would be welcome, but too much at once...
Posted on Oct. 9, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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What comes to mind when you think of the word “orchid”? Do you picture the wrist corsage that you wore to your high school prom? Are you seeing the potted blooms in the floral section of the grocery...
Posted on Sep. 11, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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The irony doesn’t escape Ted Matson. Raised on the prairie of North Dakota, without a tree in sight, the one-time farm boy followed a path in life that led to a full-time career in bonsai. That path...
Posted on May. 1, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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There are jobs, and then there are callings. Most of us have at least a passing acquaintance with the former; we take a job because we need a paycheck, and we move along without regret when a better offer...
Posted on Mar. 20, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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When the pandas at the San Diego Zoo crave a bit of variety on their menu, zookeepers know exactly what to do. They order up some Chinese takeout That’s...
Posted on Feb. 11, 2015 by Lisa Blackburn
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Time and time again on Top Ten lists and “best of” compilations The Huntington is named one of the best places for a first date a first kiss or a marriage proposal on bended knee. True enough...

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Oct. 28, 2020 by Usha Lee McFarling
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The venerable art of shaping trees and depicting landscapes in miniature—penjing—has existed in China for centuries. Now visitors to The Huntington's Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, can see...
Oct. 21, 2020 by Joel A. Klein
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It was an extraordinary and somewhat serendipitous occurrence that led to The Huntington's becoming one of the best institutions in the United States to study European medicine from the latter half of...
Oct. 14, 2020 by Lisa Blackburn
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Visitors can discover an expansive new way to look at miniature trees in "Lifelines/Timelines: Exploring The Huntington's Collections Through Bonsai," on view Oct. 17, 2020 to Jan. 25, 2021 ...

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