Gardening Greatness at the Getty
First, we started our Getty tour with an sumptuous dinner at the Getty Restaurant. Oh my goodness- only because I knew my momma would kill me if she ever found out did I not pick my plate up and lick it. The food was THAT GOOD! But add in getting to know in real life my horticulture twitter buddies Annie Haven, Adriana Martinez, and Fern Richardson
and the evening was already a shoe-in for a great gardening event. The Getty gardens were cool (as in temperature was in the upper 50s - I had to buy a great looking hoodie from the gift shop) and crowded (lots of folks wanting that late afternoon sun for prime photo ops).
We headed to the tram and saw soft shades of purple Verbena bonaris, silver artemesia, and the white or blue agapanthas flowers.
Walking up to the gardens we had space ships from the planet Horticulturon that greeted us.
Their occupants as sweet as their scents - Alyssum, a Boltonia type plant, and rosemary.And got to glimpse some of that famous California glorious sunset.
Beds filled will succulents, euphorbia, variegated fuschia, wonderful black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens), and a whole assortment of delightful but unfortunately untagged plants. Between the four of us we were able able to figure out most of the plant varieties but PLEASE, Getty Garden Staff, TAG YOUR PLANTS. Inquiring minds want to know.
One of the most interesting displays I saw was this unique trellis that housed Bouganvillae forming a floral tepee.
Thought this Russelia equisetiformis - Coral Plant was pretty awesome. Fern and I were both snapping pics of all these wonderful colors (as was this unknown co-photographer). Dahlias and Heliotrope hogged the camera for a while.
But then we came to the circle garden. Wow. Massive Brugmansia trees, a circle of Variegated Garlic Tulbaghia violacea, a circle of what I think was Vera Jamison Sedum, and a moat surrounding Bouganvillae hedges (I couldn't quite tell so far away).
The Tibouchina was incredible.The brugmansia magical and fragrant in the evening.And several plants that grabbed my attention but I have no idea what they were.Kangaroo Paws Anigozanthos are pretty neat lookingAs is the quirky looking Sea Holly Eryngium
But don't worry about dressing up for all these fancy plantings. Bow ties provided for those underdressed :). Bow Tie Vine Dalechampia
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