Spring Travels: The Glorious Getty Gardens

 Blooming Sweet Pea Flowers In The Central Garden
Fragrant Sweet Pea flowers, one of the many at The Getty Museums' Central Garden
                 A part of the J. Paul Getty Museum, which sits high on a hill that overlooks
most of Los Angeles, the Central Garden is a delight for any art lover.
I find a trip to the Central Garden, from the wisteria-covered pergola at the
top plaza, through the curved-steel-bordered winding garden pathway down
the hill, to the concentric circular walkways around the center pool,
to be one of my favorite places to spend time in Los Angeles.

 Steel-edged Walkways lead visitors to The Central Garden
Walkways lead visitors along an immersive garden stroll

Full of inspiration and delight, spectacular color, form, sounds and scents,
he concentric circle design of the Center Garden was conceived and
designed by California Light and Space Artist Robert Irwin.

Bird's Eye View of the The Getty Museum and The Central Garden Grounds

It is a134,000 square foot garden masterpiece that is
ever changing, much like a many of the Museum's exhibits.
The azalea maze in bloom at the center of the The Center Garden central pool
The azalea maze in bloom, at the center of the pool

Learn more about this very special artistically designed garden by
about its almost-wasn't rocky start and some of the
subtly-shining stars of the
garden in Spring. The gardens are
a wonderful place for introspection and relaxation.
And for those of you
who need a bit more substantial sustanance,
there's an indoor
cafe, a lovely outdoor terrace cafe,
along with a very fine restaurant there.

Bouganvillea Arbors at The Center Garden Plaza
Giant bougainvillea arbors around the center plaza
For a fantastic day trip if you're in the Los Angeles area, If you don't

live in LA, be sure \to to make a point to stop by if you'll be visiting.
If that's not possible, get a book on it.
Or take a look on a virtual tour here and here.

No matter how, just be sure you don't miss your chance
to see this very special place.

happy garden travels,