Off the Beaten Path: Garden Gems

March 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Spring has returned (to the Northern Hemisphere) and with it all the flora that I'll be taking for granted by Easter. For those of us without a green thumb, having rich lush or exotic gardenscapes to visit and visually capture can be the next best thing. I'm not biased - wild or tame, far away places or local favorites, verdant or not - I still "dig" the variety and ingenuity that goes into shaping these spaces of wonder and peace. Here are a few favorites:

Huntington Library and Gardens (San Marino, CA, USA)
Japanese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens
Japanese House and Garden with Moon Bridge
Desert Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens
Up close in the Desert Garden
Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, Huntington Library and Gardens
Sculpture of Diana under the glass dome at the Steele Scott Gallery


 Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens (Pacific Palisades, CA, USA)
Statue of the Buddha, Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
Semi-private benches are tucked away near the statues in several places off the walking path 
Golden Lotus Archway, Lake Shrine
Golden Lotus Archway overlooking Lake Santa Ynez. The Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial and a sarcophagus  holding some of Gandhi's ashes are located here.
Dutch Windmill, Lake Shrine
Dutch Windmill and Boat House ("Adeline") at Lake Shrine
Lake Shrine, Los Angeles, CA
garden designer: H. Everett McElroy

Versailles Gardens (Versailles, Île -de-France, FR)
Latone Fountain, Jardin de Versailles / Versailles Gardens
View of Versailles gardens, park, and Grand Canal from Latone Fountain (garden creator: Andrew Le Nôtre)

The Japanese Garden at Balboa Park (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Suiho En - Garden of Water and Fragrance 
The Japanese Garden, Los Angeles, CA
6 1/2 acre garden entirely fed by the Tillman Reclamation Plant
The Japanese Garden, Los Angeles, CA
garden creator: Dr. Koichi Kawana
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (Arcadia, CA, USA)
Queen Anne Cottage, The Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
Queen Anne Cottage
Los Angeles County Arboretum
127 acres of plant life from Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas
Meyerberg Waterfall, LA County Arboretum
Meyerberg Waterfall
peacock, LA County Arboretum
Peacocks freely roam the gardens near the park entrance and cafe

Note: Most of these gardens are located away from major tourist areas (except Versailles) and off the major public transit lines. Renting a car or car-pooling with local enthusiasts allows more time to cover the sights.

Care to share? Where are your favorite garden gems?

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