Getty Museum

Getty Museum

The day began quickly; a piece of toast, a gathering of friends. The drive was more than it needed to be, but the hour passes in minutes when we talk. A parking pass and a short tram ride later, I saw the familiar marble that is the Getty Museum. We walked through the main entrance, a sweeping staircase with larger than life statues. We couldn’t reach the gardens soon enough. The view is breathtaking, a sloping lawn, cut by a long river fed by a vase-shaped fountain and a path zig-zagging past thousands of varieties of plants. Time passed slowly but luxuriously as we made our way down the hillside. We stopped to take photos and notice the delicate succulents. Sticks on fire, agave, Artemisia, and variegated society garlic, all make an appearance here. At the bottom of the slope we were greeted by three magnificent trellises, more than 15 feet high, trailing bougainvillea from their heads. They were made out of rebar that curved out at the top to create the illusion of a bouquet. Following the river to its end, we came across the large pool separated by a 2 foot high hedge maze. Again, one must take the long way, following a pathway lined with Crape Myrtle trees and society garlic, halfway around the circle, only to double back around a seamless switchback, lined with gravel. From there you are as close as you can be to the magnificent focal point. We traveled yet two more pathways that similarly switchback around the pond, extending our viewing time of the planters, that make an interrupted crescent shape around the water. We walked under u-shaped trellises, symmetrically placed along the paths that were filled with people moving to and fro. Before we regressed back to the museum, I was able to sit and sketch the beautiful landscape.

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The path winds back and forth, cutting zig-zags through the hillside that looks out onto the Los Angeles skyline. The stairs led from the Getty Museum, to the gardens that spread out below. The vegetation is a welcome relief to the overabundance of marble in the surrounding architecture. Leaving the sea of cream colored buildings behind me, the twisting pathway, interrupting the grassy slope, is surrounded by thousands of varieties of plants. Sticks on fire, agave, Artemisia, and variegated society garlic, all make an appearance here. A long flowing river, fed by a vase-shaped fountain, carves a straight path down to a pond below. We make our way down to the labyrinth of hedges that break up the surface of the water. Three trellises rest at the bottom of the slope, more than 15 feet high, trailing bougainvillea from their vase-like tops. Crape Myrtle trees dominate the skyline when viewed from the bottom of the slope. The circular pathway created by gravel and the surrounding Crape Myrtle and society garlic, switches back along the water, creating a crescent shape. From there you are as close as you can be to the focal point. Trellises lined with wisteria symmetrically separate the crescent path that looks out on the watery maze. The closer we get to the water, the deeper we sink to the edge of the pool, and the trees appear to tower above us along with the surrounding shrubbery.

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