April 29, 2014

The Getty Celebrates National Public Gardens Day On May 9

The Day Includes Special Free Tours, a Gift with Purchase, and Café Menu Items at Both the Getty Center and Villa

Friday, May 9, 2014
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Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
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LOS ANGELES—The Getty joins the annual celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 9. Sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Rain Bird Corporation, National Public Gardens Day helps raise awareness of the botanic gardens, arboreta, conservatories and public gardens across the country.

At the Getty Center, a special hour-long National Public Gardens Day Tour will be offered with Getty Gardens Supervisor Michael DeHart, who will give a tour of the Getty Center’s Central Garden that focuses on aromatherapy. The free tour will be offered at 10:30 a.m.

At the Getty Villa, Dehart will lead another special hour-long National Public Gardens Day tour through the Getty Villa’s Herb Garden that focuses on aromatherapy and the ancients’ uses of herbs. The free tour will be offered at 2:30 p.m.

Before or after the tours, visitors can enjoy a special cocktail drink, Spicy Cucumber Collins, at the Getty Center Restaurant or a special dessert, Honey Lavender Cheesecake with Market Strawberries, at the Getty Villa Café in honor of National Public Gardens Day.

The Museum Store at the Getty Center and Villa will offer a gift with a purchase of $50 or more. The gift will be the popular souvenir boxed set of two “Seeing the Getty.” The books contain photographs of the architecture and gardens at the Getty Center.

Help celebrate public gardens and get a jump on Mothers’ Day at National Public Gardens Day at the Getty on Friday, May 9. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Parking is $15 per car. To make a reservation please call (310) 440-7300 or go to

Left: Herb Garden at the Getty Villa. © J. Paul Getty Trust
Right: Central Garden at the Getty Center, designed by Robert Irwin. © J. Paul Getty Trust

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Visiting the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. 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. 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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