April 19, 2016

The Getty Celebrates National Public Gardens Day on May 6

Day includes special tours, drink and dessert and a gift with purchase at the Getty Center and Villa

Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607 

LOS ANGELES—The Getty joins the annual celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 6. Sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Day helps raise awareness of the botanic gardens, arboreta, conservatories and public gardens across the country.

At the Getty Center, join a special National Public Gardens Day Tour led by Getty Gardens Supervisor Michael DeHart at 10:30 a.m. The free tour includes the annual release of aphid- eating ladybugs into the garden.

In honor of National Public Gardens Day, the Museum Store at the Getty Center will offer the souvenir boxed set of two Seeing the Getty books, containing photographs of the Getty Center architecture and gardens, as a gift with a purchase of $50 or more. At the Restaurant, enjoy a special cocktail dubbed the "Garden Party,” a take on the classic Bloody Mary with muddled basil and baby tomatoes and a mélange of house-pickled veggies.

At the Getty Villa, join Michael DeHart for a toga tour of the Villa gardens at 1:00 p.m. Afterward, enjoy a special National Public Gardens Day dessert in the café: lavender cheesecake with honey blueberry sauce & lavender caramel popcorn. At the Museum Store, pick up your copy of Seeing the Getty Villa as a gift with purchase of $50 or more.

Help celebrate public gardens and get a jump on Mothers’ Day at National Public Gardens Day at the Getty on Friday, May 6. Admission and tours are free. Parking is $15 per car. Enjoy tours at both the Getty Center and Villa through the Getty’s Pay Once, Park Twice program, in which same-day parking at both sites is available for $15. For more information, call (310) 440- 7300 or visit

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts to 1900, as well as photographs from around the world to the present day. The Museum’s mission is to display and interpret its collections, and present important loan exhibitions and publications for the enjoyment and education of visitors locally and internationally. This is supported by an active program of research, conservation, and public programs that seek to deepen our knowledge of and connection to works of art.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and most major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4 p.m. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at or at (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4 p.m. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish); (310) 440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

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