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This month I visited Sunnylands Estate and Visitor center. It was a memorable day, touring the estate, which was the former home of Leonore and Walter Annenberg, and hanging out in incredible Visitor’s center and gardens.

The first three images are from the Visitor’s Center garden, which was designed by Landscape Architect James Burnett who, “used Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees of 1889 as inspiration for this masterpiece view of the Center’s unique gardens.

Burnett carefully crafted nine acres of desert, designing 1.25 miles of walking paths that meander through more than 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants from North and South America, Africa, and the Mediterranean area. The gardens were carefully conceived to appear different in every season with variations that create a memorable sensory experience.

The bottom 6 images were taken in the garden of the Sunnyland’s estate. The estate was designed by architect  A. Quincy Jones, and is a jewel box of Hollywood Regency architecture, filled with their original period furnishings, artwork and many historical artifacts from their private and public lives.
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1. Monte Carlo – San Marino, California, 2. Tromp l’oeil on Fountain, 3. Mr. and Mrs. – Burbank, 4. Green Screen Set – Smashbox, Culver City, 5. Palm – Phoenix

One of my favorite episodes of “Portlandia” is called “Is It Local ?”. In it,  the incredibly irritating couple Peter and Nance, go to eat at a restaurant. After hearing the description of the “Heritage, Free Range, Organic and Local ” chicken they were about to order,  they decide to go and check out the farm for themselves. I had an opportunity to do something a little bit like this, although I didn’t move to a farm or join a polygamous marriage  as Peter and Nance did ( if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you need to ).

A few weeks back, I was at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on a beautiful Sunday morning with my daughter Vivienne, and saw the most glorious flowers for sale at the Silver Lake Farm stand.  Anemones, Ranuculus, Sweet Peas, etc. all beautifully arranged by color in glass canning jars and sold by the stem.  Long story short, I reached out to owner Tara Kollo and asked if I could come visit her farm and photograph the flowers. I was thrilled, she said yes. So, last week Vivienne and  I went and spent a few hours amongst the flowers, lady bugs and two of Tara’s lovely garden helpers. Check it out.