Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Beautiful flowers of the Getty's Central Garden...

Amongst the wonderful architecture of The Getty Center you'll also find the captivating Central Garden.

I'll let these photographs from my recent visit highlight the wonderful colours, pretty flowers and beautiful landscaping of the grounds.
The Central Garden was created by Robert Irwin, who also is responsible for the Palm Garden design of the outdoor sculpture garden at LACMA.
The centerpiece of the garden is a floating azalea maze pond surrounded by a wonderfully landscaped stepped garden with a colourful assortment of flowers and shrubs.
This visit I managed to escape the 'Curse of The Getty Center', where on my previous visits the skies have darkened with rain or the marine layer has ominously rolled in in a matter of minutes.
Not so on this trip where the Californian sky was a wonderfully clear blue and the perfect backdrop for the bougainvillea arbors of the gardens plaza.
The dazzling sunshine and soaring temperature was the perfect climate to appreciate the spectacle of the gardens, but it does make you wonder how the grounds caretakers manage to maintain the lawns and ensure the survival of all the plants.
Over 500 varieties of plant material are featured in the Central Garden and as the plants are constantly growing and evolving, it looks slightly different each time you visit.
In addition to the Central Garden there's also a lovely tranquil space near the tram station at the entrance of The Getty Center, the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden.
Just one thing to note though, the parking fee has increased from $10 to $15, but it's well worth it if you have a car full of people wanting to experience a few hours of culture in nice surroundings.

I hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I did...

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