April 30, 2018

The Getty Celebrates National Public Gardens Day

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Valerie Tate
(310) 440 -6861
Getty Communications




LEFT: Getty Center garden designed by Robert Irwin. Photo by Jim Duggan. © 2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

RIGHT: Herb Garden at the Getty Villa. Photo: Rebecca Vera-Martinez. © J. Paul Getty Trust


LOS ANGELES—The Getty Center and the Getty Villa join the annual celebration of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. Sponsored by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), National Public Gardens Day helps raise awareness of botanical gardens, arboreta, conservatories and public gardens across the country.

          Help celebrate public gardens and get a jump on Mothers’ Day at National Public Gardens Day at the Getty on Friday, May 11. Admission and tours are free. Parking is $15 per car; $10 after 3pm.

Getty Center

          At the Getty Center, join a special National Public Gardens Day tour led by Getty Gardens Manager Brian Houck at 10:30 a.m. The free tour includes the annual release of aphid-eating ladybugs and hanging praying mantis egg cases in 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 garden-themed spring harvest salad bowl with organic red quinoa, sliced avocado, sprouted lentils, and za’atar dressing, and toast to the beauty of public gardens with the Restaurant’s cucumber mint citrus martini.

         Celebrations continue, May 12 and 13 with physicist and world-renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang as he creates large, life-like paper animals and insects. Enjoy this free, drop-in origami program and learn to fold paper flowers and other garden creatures. Add your creations to the eye-catching Origami Garden installation and watch it grow!

         New this spring, and available year-round, is the Central Garden mobile audio tour. On this tour, you’ll hear about the garden from a museum curator, a landscape architect, a mindfulness expert, gardeners and the contemporary artist who designed it, Robert Irwin.

Getty Villa

          At the Getty Villa, join Getty Gardens Supervisor Michael DeHart for a toga tour of the Villa gardens at 12:00 p.m. Afterward, enjoy the Flavors of Spring salad in the café, with asparagus, market beets, heirloom tomatoes, baby mustard greens, rainbow chard, feta, and avocado dressing. At the Museum Store, pick up a copy of Seeing the Getty Villa as a gift with a purchase of $50 or more.

           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. Please note that free, advanced tickets are required for the Villa, available at, and that parts of the Villa are currently closed for reinstallation. 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:
Starting Friday, May 25, the Getty Center will remain open until 9:00 pm on Fridays in addition to its regular Saturday evening hours, open until 9:00 pm. Summer hours continue through Friday, August 31st . The Center will be closed on Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, and open on Wednesday, July 4, Independence Day. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 3 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:
From May 26 through August 25, the Getty Villa will remain open on Saturdays until 9:00 pm, creating a rare opportunity to enjoy the Villa’s historic setting at night. The Villa will be open on Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Tuesday and most major holidays. 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 3 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. Same-day parking at both Museum locations (Getty Center and Getty Villa) is available for $15 through the Getty’s Pay Once, Park Twice program

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