Thursday, May 7, 2015

Photo Essay: Gardens of the World

There are so many ways to experience other cultures in LA. Whether it's by eating your way around the world in Little Armenia or Historic Filipinotown or Little Tokyo or Chinatown or the San Gabriel Valley, or by visiting any random temple that might be for the Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, or Hare Krishna faiths – or any combination thereof.



One of the more intriguing ways to experience the world outside of LA without actually leaving LA is by visiting its many gardens.



While some are devoted to one culture (like our many Japanese gardens), others, like Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, take you on a transatlantic journey to France...



...and England...



...with its rose gardens...



...and artichokes.



But perhaps you would prefer Italy...



...with its cypress trees and "chain" fountain?



When visiting Gardens of the World, you are at once not in California (much less LA)...



...nor are you in France, despite the cascading waterfall and ornamental flower beds that might indicate otherwise.



On your stroll, you may think you have teleported to Japan, passing by a tea house...



...and a bridge...



...but you're quickly zapped back to the Golden State...



...and transported back in time to the early days of California in the Mission Courtyard.

And it doesn't feel like you've walked that far.

And you haven't spent that much time away from your real life, in this city, in this state, in this country.

But you got to see something new and different, for just a little while.

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