Well I promised a bit more on the beautiful Garden at the Getty, as its called. This is the work of the artist Robert Irwin. He describes this as 'a sculpture in the form of a garden', but this is no esoteric experiment with inert materials. It's a beautiful plantsman's garden - sorry - plantperson's garden, filled with glorious plants arranged in the most exquisite way. Irwin's statement, "Always changing, never twice the same," is carved into the plaza floor, reminding visitors of the ever-changing nature of this living work of art. Not surprisingly a horticulturalist was also involved right through the planning and production stages, sourcing plants and experimenting with planting combinations. Leading into the garden is a ravine with zig-zag paths, a shallow rocky stream and some strong planting.
One then passes down into a circular path that runs around the pool at a lower level with closely planted borders on either side. Annuals jostle with shrubs and herbaceous perennials in lovely combinations. The path passes under arches ribboned with climbers and shade is provided by a matrix of trees which we struggled to identify in their leafless state but finally decided were Lagerstroma - lovely in a few weeks. Anyway - I'm going to let the pictures tell the story.
What more can one say - an absolute joy to experience!