I don't, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles (LA) gets their own trinity of dry gardens!
Some comments, many photos - taken 4/7/2013.
|The Getty, as it's also called, used many similar plant forms to ours', plus |
hardscape materials in grand style.
Shadows from a softer, coastal light
|This is the garden before you go anywhere, at the top of the elevator, before boarding the tram.|
Formality, assymetrical balance, angles, soft and sharp, and color without flowers
|Discrete use of water and xeric plants|
|Stone pavers, moss, and vines against a north-facing stone wall|
|Nice paving design, nice budget...same stone, but less moss out in the open|
|Sunset Zone 23...someone has to live there, and most every succulent on earth|
The Getty has had a college night for years. Imagine seeing a great live band
in this place, with old and new friends, among all this creative energy?
The most recent one - here
Watch the video, too, and see how some attendees got inspired. For those who
land a good job in places like Albuquerque or your city, I wonder how they will
now view gardens, once art and science meet?
My guess is some will want a great garden and not settle for covering their
ground cheaply with gravel and a few scattered, inappropriate plants...
|I bet you know where I'm going!|
|Succulent heaven, color and mingling|
|Great mix of hardscape and plants - seat wall, gravel, low and dwarf-tree succulents|
|A little damage on an Opuntia robusta, maybe from some cold this past winter? Or is it water or soil-related?|
|Variation within mass|
It's popular among some here to ask, "but what happens when a few of those
plants (barrel cacti) die?" Sheesh!
|Even a few random grasses (weeds?) popping up among the cacti adds|
interest, before they are pulled out by very careful workers.
|My favorite plant grouping|
|A larger water feature, using similar paving seen earlier|
Are those Dawn Redwood or Bald Cypress trees?
|The massings of Italian Stone Pine / Pinus pinea, at their peak in the Mediterranean climate of places like greater LA. They love it in the desert southwest, too, and old gardens far east into the Texas Hill Country like Fredericksburg have some...but they get larger than this. Much. 60-80' tall. That's alot of pine nuts.|
Nearing dinner time, we drove down
Next time, more time. Including the Getty Villa in Malibu, just miles and 20 minutes to 2 hours away, depending on the time of day one attacks yet another destination among LA's endless offerings.
More on the Getty's gardens - here...and things to do with children - here. I recommend for any trip made with kids to LA, to have 1 day at the Getty for 1 day at Disneyland or even roller-coaster heaven, Magic Mountain.
Glad I didn't visit the Huntington museum and gardens, or Lotusland this trip?
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Some of you know my move and the start of the rest of my life is drawing near.
This may be my last large post on this blog, even with over 100 post ideas in queue which I'll mostly delete, though I'll try to keep the Desert Edge online. But before I go, I have some smaller posts to do. And if all goes well, I'll start a new blog where I land, and post that new location on this blog.
I have many memories of the relationships I've made and lost over these years!