With Step-On Guide Curt
Includes Lunch at The Police Academy Café
Today we are joined by professional step-on guide, Curt, who is a history buff with an expertise on the evolution of Los Angeles, and is especially loved for his charismatic personality and fun stories. Curt will lead the way today as we explore a number of “hidden” gardens in and around Los Angeles. We begin at the Caltrans-owned Arlington Garden to admire its Italian-style olive allée, numerous succulent and cactus gardens, orange grove and other surprises around every corner. We continue to the Los Angeles Police Academy where we will enjoy an included lunch at the Los Angeles Police Academy Café. Following, enjoy time at leisure to browse the gift shop and explore the charming, rocky garden where the babbling of the waterfall may be interrupted by the sound of a little gunfire! At the Cathedral Our Lady of the Angels we will visit the hidden Olive Garden that was conceived as a play area and is now lovingly known as the “Children's Garden.” The garden is adorned with frolicking animals based on biblical scriptures, and each was individually designed by a children's book artist. At the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s "Blue Ribbon Gardens” we will admire the romanticism of this hidden rooftop gem that stands in stark contrast to the striking steel exterior of the concert hall. The Frank Gehry-designed fountain pays tribute to the late Lillian Disney and her love for Delft porcelain and roses. We continue to a well-kept secret garden on Bunker Hill that features over 200 trees and three waterfalls creating a sharp contrast between the steel and glass office towers and the natural sky, trees, grass and urban sculpture. At the James Irvine Japanese Garden, we will explore this intimate and unexpected paradise that was designed in the Zen tradition of the famous gardens of Kyoto; known as the “Garden of the Clear Stream,” it features a 170-foot cascading stream, a wide variety of plants, flowers and trees, and handcrafted cedar bridges. Suggested:
Walking shoes as there are uneven walkways in the gardens. Click here for important trip information.