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Farm Tour

March 4, 2015 — Leave a comment

It’s the first Farm Tour of the 2015 Season in Southern California! Pack a picnic and come meet your farmer – get your Farm News from Thaddeus or one of their farm crew in person. You’re invited to stroll the orchards, make arts & crafts, pick up some fresh fruits and veggies from their market stand, and more.

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Don’t forget to bring your camera, a picnic blanket and lunch, sunscreen, water and suitable shoes for walking on their farmland.

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WHAT: Farm Tour
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: 1698 South Sespe Street | Bardsdale, Ca

DETAILS: 

  • $5 / per person 
  • Free for Kids age 12 and under
  • No RSVP is necessary

CONTACT INFO: (800) 796-6009

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The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and final resting place of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of 13 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). From its original dedication in 1990 until becoming a federal facility on July 11, 2007, the library and museum was operated by the private Richard Nixon Foundation and was known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. The 9-acre (3.6 ha) campus incorporates the Richard Nixon Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood.

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The museum, housed in a 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) building, offers a narrative of Nixon’s life and career. Behind the museum is the birthplace, which was constructed by Nixon’s father using a homebuilding kit, and restored to appear as it was in the 1910s.

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President Nixon and Pat Nixon are buried on the grounds, just a few feet from the birthplace.

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There is an extensive collection of memorabilia, artifacts, formal clothing, and photographs of the Nixons and their children. This collection includes an assortment of bronze figures of world leaders who had important relations with Nixon as president or during his service as vice president under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961. The President’s VH-3A “Sea King”helicopter is on permanent display.

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The archives, which opened in March 1994, house approximately 46 million pages of official White House records from the Nixon Administration. The Nixon Library now holds all of President Nixon’s presidential as well as his pre- and post-presidential papers.

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WHAT: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library And Museum
WHEN: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Saturday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard | Yorba Linda, CA 92886

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: Free – $11.95

CONTACT INFO: (714) 993-5075 | nixon@nara.gov

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The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, 20th-century industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years.

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Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.

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The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature rotating installations of artworks not on permanent display. The Museum’s online collections database presents a portion of the objects in the permanent collection, and is continually being updated.

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The Patina-operated Garden Café is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or a snack during your visit to the Norton Simon Museum. Located in the Museum’s celebrated and serene sculpture garden, the café offers daily specials and a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches, baked goods and beverages.

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The Norton Simon Museum promotes the knowledge and understanding of the visual arts to a diverse audience. Whether your preference is for small, informal discussions with staff educators, lectures by renowned scholars and curators or drawing classes led by local artists, the Museum invites you to experience the richness of the collections in many different ways.

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Enjoy family friendly programs that introduce children and adults to the wonderful world of art and spark the creative spirit in kids of all ages.

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WHAT: The Norton Simon Museum
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Tuesday Closed | Friday and Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm | Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: 411 West Colorado Boulevard | Pasadena, CA 91105-1825

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (626) 449-6840

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On the former grounds of Gurdon Wattles’ 1907 Mission Revival style mansion (a registered Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and a relic of Hollywood’s pre-film industry agricultural roots), lies Hollywood’s only community garden. Designed by Myron Hunt (Rose Bowl, Montalban Theatre) and Elmer Grey (Beverly Hills Hotel) in what they called an “American adaptation of the Mexican type.” The house sits atop a series of terraced gardens on 90 acres in the foothills of Hollywood.

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Wattles brought in prestigious Scottish landscape artist Alexander Urquhart to create the gardens, and moved into the house that the LA Times called “one of the most notable showplaces of the Pacific Coast” in the fall of 1908. He called it “Jualita,” and with Urquhart’s help he cultivated a Japanese garden, an Italian Rose garden, and several orchards.

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Wattles died in 1932, though his wife and son stayed at Wattles Mansion through 1965. When the City of Los Angeles purchased the mansion in 1968, the lower grounds had fallen into disrepair.

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As part of his Community Gardens initiative in 1975, Mayor Tom Bradley put out a call to community farmers, about “a dozen or so” of whom volunteered to clear out dead trees, as well as the vagrants who’d taken up residence in the Wattles’ former avocado grove, according to Reed Poverny (VP of the Wattles Farm Board of Directors, and a volunteer since 2003).

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The purple border encompasses the mansion, the blue border the front lawn, and the pink border the garden.

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After the land was cleared, volunteers built a greenhouse and tool shed and started farming Wattles Farm’s 4.2 acres. Today the garden has 172 plots, worked on by 300 members–all of whom live within five miles of the grounds. Membership is currently full, though Poverny says they’re close to catching up on their waiting list.

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Runyon Park is accessible via a trail above the mansion. Park by the large iron gate and take an immediate left up the hill to find the trail.

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To see what Wattles looks like today, check out this video.

WHAT: The Wattles Mansion And Gardens
WHEN: Sun up to sun down
WHERE: 
1824 N Curson Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90046

CONTACT INFO: (323) 874-4005

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The Los Angeles Police Academy is located in the picturesque Elysian Park area of Los Angeles. The department features an outstanding restaurant and banquet facility, offering excellent food and professional service.

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The natural beauty of waterfalls and pine trees make the Rock Garden a romantic setting for wedding ceremonies, dining, and photography.

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The Rock Garden is a hidden beauty of the Los Angeles area, the perfect place for retirements, reunions, and weddings.

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Located in this unique training site of the Los Angeles Police Department are the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) Facilities.

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LAPRAAC is the history, the social outlet, the fitness arm of the Los Angeles Police Department. Of all the organizations surrounding the Los Angeles Police Department, LAPRAAC has left the biggest footprint on the Department history and the officers well-being.

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WHAT: The Los Angeles Police Academy 
WHEN:
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WHERE: 
1880 North Academy Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90012

CONTACT INFO: (323) 221-5222 

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The Japanese Garden

May 22, 2013 — 1 Comment

Nestled in the heart of the San Fernando Valley is a peaceful oasis where the balance of positive and negative forces, Yin & Yang, are ever present. The Japanese Garden showcases the skillful blending of traditional Japanese landscaping with modern Occidental architecture. The Japanese concept of “WA” or harmony is used to unite the desires of the human spirit with our more mundane requirements—the exquisite beauty of a Japanese garden with the need for an abundant supply of fresh water.

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Visit the garden to walk, to sit, and to contemplate your surroundings. To do so is to experience absolute tranquility, it is to enrich one’s spirit, to achieve a state of grace so elusive in our busy modern world. It is to emulate Lord Buddha who, three thousand years ago, seated in the shade of a tree in silent contemplation of the human condition, achieved spiritual enlightenment.

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Suiho En the garden of water and fragrance is a 6½ acre authentic Japanese garden fashioned after “stroll gardens” constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese Feudal lords. The facility is unique in that it incorporates three classical designs: a dry karensansui, a wet garden with promenade chisen, and an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating a 4.5 tatami mat tea room. The garden also features a waterfall.

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The garden is a cultural show place of Los Angeles. It was created by world-renowned garden designer Dr. Koichi Kawana. In designing, Dr. Kawana balanced the positive and negative forces with skillful blending of traditional Japanese garden design and modern Western architecture.

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The Gift Shop at The Japanese Garden features a wide array of well-priced items from Japan and other countries in Asia and the Pacific. Ceramics, books, dolls, jewelry, Buddha Boards, origami paper, parasols, handmade greeting cards, to name just a few… you’re sure to find the perfect gift for yourself, family or friends.

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WHAT: The Japanese Garden 
WHEN:
The Garden is available for self-guided tours Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The Garden is closed to the public on Friday and Saturday. They also offer docent-led walking tours, by advance reservation only, on Monday – Thursday mornings. Each tour lasts approximately 1-¼ hours and includes an overview of the water reclamation process.
WHERE: 
6100 Woodley Avenue | Van Nuys, California, 91406

DETAILS: Admission to the Garden for docent-led or self-guided tours is $3.00 per person, $2.00 for Seniors 62 and over, and for children under 10 years old.

CONTACT INFO: (818) 756-8166 or betty.ethridge@lacity.org

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This weekend I set out to explore the outdoors and to get out of Los Angeles. Nature was calling and I found the perfect place to answer her call at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden in the town of Arcadia. The garden is set on 127 acres of lush vegetation featuring local wildlife and historic buildings. Located only 30 minutes from downtown but miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Arboretum is your local garden of Eden.

Upon entering the garden make sure to pick up a visitor map and get acquainted with the grounds. The garden is large and offers much to see. A beautiful highlight of the garden is the Queen Anne Cottage where you can learn about the history and architecture of the time. This is a great place to start your tour and take pictures.

View of the cottage from the lake next to the Prehistoric Forest.

The cottage is surrounded by towering palm trees. A great place to take some shade and relax on a bench.

Behind the cottage is the Baldwin Coach Barn. The interior of the barn is stunning, with alternating slats of cedar and redwood paneling and original iron grillwork. Baldwin housed his private carriages plus those of his guests in this Barn. Generous stall space was provided for carriage horses, and convenient hay and grain chutes were fed directly from the loft above. Coachman’s quarters, originally provided in the upper tower room above the hay loft, have been re-created in the downstairs tack room.

Next, we ventured into the tropical greenhouse. Here you can see an amazing collection of tropical plants on display such as orchids in many delightful colors and forms. The Arboretum’s orchids comprise one of the largest public collections in the nation and are housed and cared for in five greenhouses. The space is humid and has a sweet smell in the air.

Just outside, we found a very unusual but awesome plant hanging from some vines.

The Arboretum hosts many events year round. On this day, there was a cactus contest and sale. We bought a dozen cacti ourselves. Click here for upcoming events.

WHAT: The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden
WHERE: 301 North Baldwin Avenue | Arcadia, California 91007
WHEN: Open daily 9 am – 5 pm

CONTACT INFO: (626) 821-3222

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6, Children Ages 5 – 12 $3, and Children under four free
  • Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Admission free on the third Tuesday of the month (No tram on these days)
  • Cashiers can accept payments of cash, and personal checks from California
  • There are NO CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS at this time
  • The tram costs $4.00 per person and operates Saturday and Sunday at noon; 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The schedule is subject to change so please call in advance of your visit

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