We dithered between the nearby alternatives of LA Arboretum and the Norton Simon Gallery until we realized the latter was closed Tuesdays too! So we headed to the LA Arboretum to find the car park crowded. After two circuits and some nifty driving by Jim, we parked. Phew - coffee needed! We walked to the entrance and found to our delight that it was Free Tuesday - at last a bonus. Elation was short lived when we saw the line in the cafe! As we crawled towards the cash desk our plans for a quick coffee changed to the need for lunch and 40 minutes after entering the cafe we devoured an amazingly tasty burger, accompanied by a greedy looking peacock.
We last visited these 127 acre gardens in November 2015 and you can read my original account by following the above link. Looking at the pictures I took then I realise how much drier the garden was then with parched brown lawns and the Baldwin Lake shrunken to a muddy patch. This time parts of the garden looked quite lush and the lake was full once again. Whilst I will always take picture of interesting plants and gardens, I increasingly find myself looking for good subject matter to paint - a different angle, curious leaves or dramatic shadows. In particular, the aloes were looking superb! We finally had a great day - hope you enjoy my pictures!
|Cycad with Ginkgo leaves|