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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Botanical Gardens

U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Babiana ringens - So. Africa baboon flower Photo: Paul Licht

A fetching array of drought-resistant species are planted in the Entry Garden at the …

UCBG Berkeley Entry Structure by Marisha Farnsworth Photo © Alice Joyce

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Currently on view is an inviting structure created by Marisha Farnsworth and her students from Merritt College’s Natural Building Class. The cloth textile ties are remnants provided by designer, Sasha Duerr.


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Gardens, Art and Architecture - Chicago

Chicago Millennium Park - Nichols Bridgeway to AIC Wing & Terzo Piano Restaurant [Photo © Alice Joyce]

The city of Chicago’s lakefront gardens, art and architecture draw locals and tourists, alike, to a year-round destination of cultural and sensual pleasures. May, 2009 heralded the opening of the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by architect, Renzo Piano. A new walkway from the Lurie Garden to Terzo Piano Restaurant offers stunning vistas of Millennium Park and the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion.

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