When a flower is gonna bloom, it is gonna bloom, and when it is a famous flower, and when a full-on watch is going on, to see when it will finally go, it all gets a bit intense and headline-y. Such is the case with the Corpse Flower, that smelly spectacular which is set to open up some time between June 10-15 at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino.
And if you've just got to be nearby when you get the nose-tickling news, we've got a few nearby spots that would be nice to put down roots in for an hour or two. While they aren't walking distance to the Huntington, they aren't too far by car.
El Molino Viejo: A slice of old California, and a peaceful place to wile away an afternoon. Full of native plants and nice benches. And it's free. The Old Mill is only open afternoons, and not on Mondays, fyi. In San Marino.
South Lake Avenue: Shopping, a London-ish arcade, Burger Continental, historic department stores. A pleasant stroll. And where we'd end it: Pie and Burger, tucked around the corner on California. In Pasadena, a scant few minutes from the Huntington.
California Institute of Technology: There's a visitor's map pdf on the site. And if you've never strolled this flowery, oh-so-historic campus, which is packed with important buildings, it is time to remedy that. We always hope we'll get a wee bit brainier just breathing the air there.
Fosselman's: Not quite adjacent to the Huntington, but not far. That beyond-creamy vanilla malt would certainly fortify us pre-Corpse Flower.