Botanical Gardens

Japanese Garden at The Huntington

Japanese House: Photo Courtesy The Huntington Library, Art Collecitons, and Botanical Gardens

One of the most beloved garden settings, The Japanese Garden at The Huntington Libarary, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens celebrates its centennial upon reopening April 11, 2012.

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Los Angeles

Getty Center Gardens

Getty Promontory Photo © Alice Joyce

I visited the larger-than-life Getty Center soon after it opened in 1997, and was allowed to wander through the gardens before the campus opened for the day. It was a fabulous chance to study the design and appreciate the details. I’ve often returned to spend time touring the 110-acre hillside setting, set off by sparkling Roman travertine buildings which include the J. Paul Getty Museum. Many of the gardening world’s cognescenti were first drawn to visit and critique the controversial Central Garden, designed by artist Robert Irwin. On a recent L.A. jaunt to experience the garden in Autumn, I enjoyed the scent of roses, colorful Brugmansia & Tibouchina amid colorful stems and branches of deciduous Cornus cultivars, massed bright orange succulents, and dense plantings of society garlic embraced by clipped boxwood hedges.

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Los Angeles

Venice, California

Venice - Yellow Cottage (Photo: Alice Joyce)

May 7, 2011 is the date for the popular Venice Garden & Home Tour.I’ve heard rave reviews about the annual Venice Garden and Home tour from horticulture professionals and garden aficionados. Take advantage of this chance to get up-close and personal with the unique character of the Venice canals, from jaw-dropping, designer-chic decor and fetching architecture, to kooky bungalow-style. The tour is a fundraiser for NYA’s Las Doradas Children’s Center.

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