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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Book: Plants in the Getty's Central Garden

We live only a mile or two from the Getty Center here in Los Angeles. It has become one of our regular places to visit when they have their regular Family Day events as well as any time we need a brief respite from the city.

One of my favorite parts of the center is the Central Garden designed by Robert irwin. Unlike any other garden I have ever visited, it offers a wonderful collection of experiences as you wander down via the zig-zagging path that follows a stream.

One disappointment, especially for a gardener, is that there are no identifyig labels or signs at all. You are left to your own devices to figure out what everything is. This is why I consider Plants in the Getty's Central Garden an "must have" if you are looking for a deeper understanding of the garden.

The book includes a Foward by Robert Irwin, three essays on the garden discussing its design and creation and a photo illustrated guide to all the plants you might encounter there. The garden does change, season by season, so you may not find everything listed and you might find new items that have been added since the book was written.

Even after visiting the Getty Center so many times over the past few years, this book will give me a new opportunity to see the garden in a fresh light.


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