Last night I got too little sleep to be worth much of anything so instead of attempting anything productive today we went and walked among flowers. Perfect spring day. (Not so easy to take selfies that include both the baby and the tulips.) #descansogardens
Southern California doesn’t have the exact same kind of Spring that I experienced living elsewhere in the United States and Europe. So I was glad @dante.vincent was game for a weekend visit to Descanso Gardens which we had previously visited in December for their nighttime light show. It has themed gardens where landscape architecture styles from around the world are on display for residents and visitors who pay the entrance fee. We paid ours in advance online, showed up early and were almost the first to walk in when it opened. I’d advise this if you want to see the gardens with less people. 🌸 Once we entered, we headed straight for the Japanese-style garden — where I took this photo — that [from @descansogardens website] “blends design elements from four classic garden styles. Cross an arched bridge and walk on shaded paths along a koi-filled stream to the teahouse, designed by architect Whitney Smith and built in 1966. The plants in this garden are all native to Asia, and include camellias, azaleas, mondo grass and Japanese maples. The distinctive roof of the teahouse, crafted from blue tiles imported from Japan, is especially striking in the spring when nearby pink cherry and plum trees are in bloom. The garden includes a minka, modeled after a traditional farmhouse, which was designed by Kenneth Masao Nishimoto and built in 1969.” As we weren’t able to travel to Japan this Spring like we’d hoped to do and since a similar area in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was always our favorite in New York, this part of Descanso ended up being our favorite at this time of year. It felt the most different from where we live near Runyon Canyon, which is more arid, punctuated by palm trees, cactus and succulents and which doesn’t really have anything blooming except the plants on our balcony. (Not complaining. Just drawing a contrast.) Does this sound like somewhere you’d want to visit when you travel to Los Angeles? . . . . #descansogardens
🎄Starting Sunday through Jan. 5, journey through Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens! Experience the interactive nighttime event, celebrating its fourth year. Get in the holiday spirit as you stroll the one-mile route with unique displays that light up the walkway and the sky! Details on this and other holiday light events at the link in our bio. Thanks to Eyewitness @losfeliz for this great shot! Share your holiday lights with #abc7eyewitness.