As a Los Angeles-based company, we love partnering with neighboring businesses. One new partnership we’re thrilled to be a part of is with the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington Gardens, named for Henry and Arabella Huntington, first took shape in 1903 when Henry purchased the San Marino Ranch. This piece of property would later become the Huntington’s elaborate gardens and home to the couple’s highly-developed art collection.
We were inspired by the breathtaking landscape of this Pasadena treasure and even created two blends available only at the Huntington. Both the Huntington Signature Blend and Huntington Rose Blend were created by Art of Tea‘s CEO, Steve Schwartz. Steve captured the exciting and eclectic flora and botanicals of the Huntington’s gardens in the Huntington Signature Blend. The Huntington Rose Blend is inspired by Arabella Huntington’s captivating collection of roses, which can be found outside of the Rose Garden Tea Room
Rose Garden Tea Room
Tea parties shouldn’t just be for children. After all, some of the best teas are caffeinated and might be off limits to children. The Rose Garden Tea Room caters to all – with delicious scones, bubbling Prosecco, tiers of sweet and savory treats, and, of course, teas and tisanes. Guests can sip one of almost ten different varieties of tea while snacking and enjoying one of the most beautiful buildings on the Huntington grounds.
Melodic harps set the tone for this posh dining experience, which is modeled after the British afternoon tea. The concept of an “afternoon tea” can be traced back to the early 1800s. Now, afternoon tea is considered a luxury – a relaxing time when you can enjoy great tea and great conversation.
The Chinese Garden
Not far from the Rose Garden Tea Room is another atmospheric experience where you can enjoy delicious Art of Tea. The Chinese Garden features stunning architecture, beautiful plants, and a mesmerizing koi pond full of brilliantly-colored fish. Guests can explore Chinese foods and Art of Tea teas at the Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House in the Chinese Garden, too.
Choose from one of our favorite teas, like Jasmine Reserve and Plum Oolong, and enjoy a warm pot as you overlook the tranquil scenery. The Huntington has done a magnificent job in incorporating the tea drinking experience into its landscapes. There’s something calming and warm about the lush scenery and vibrant flowers that pairs perfectly with soothing tea.
Art of Tea can also be found in the Huntington’s main cafe, 1919; Red Car coffee shop; and the garden’s gift shop. The Huntington Signature Blend and Huntington Rose Blend are only available at the Huntington, but may be purchased at the gift shop, so you can taste the flavors of the Huntington long after you’ve left.
We’re excited to see where our partnership with the Huntington will go and we’re thrilled that our teas can help make an already wonderful experience truly unforgettable.