Living Wall at Descanso Gardens


This pic shows one of the two “vertical gardens” at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge/Glendale.   The gallery was created by restoring Manchester Boddy’s original garage and adding this contemporary building.

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Shields Date Garden


Shields Date Garden (started in 1924) in Indio features 17 acres of landscaped grounds showcasing date palms and many other fruit trees along with a pond spouting dual fountains.  Many varieties of fresh dates and various date products can be purchased in their store.

Swamis Meditation Garden



The Self-Realization Fellowship Center in Encinitas (known locally as “Swamis”) has a meditation garden that is open to the public.  This beautiful area boasts a multitude of trees, shrubs, and succulents along with several koi ponds including the one above. Benches are spread throughout, inviting one to sit quietly under a canopy of leaves or on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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