Those of you missing outdoor activities at this time of year might be looking for ideas for a fun day trip. Why not visit the Getty Villa in Malibu? The museum has something to offer everyone in the family, from gorgeous, landscaped grounds, to intricate architecture, to fascinating works of art indoors.
Located on a 64-acre campus overlooking the ocean, The Getty Villa is primarily dedicated to the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The main collection of art includes 44,000 examples of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating all the way back to 6,500 BC. In addition to numerous works of art, the Getty collection also includes ancient books, jewelry, and coins.
But that’s not all you’ll find on the Getty Villa campus. The whole family can take in a theatrical performance or live music in either the indoor or outdoor theaters. Just check the schedule of shows before you go. If you have kids, the museum frequently hosts hands-on activities to help kids feel included.
And of course, we have to mention the gardens! The grounds of Getty Villa feature four different gardens, each planted with plants native to the Mediterranean region. You’ll view boxwood, bay laurel, oleander, and vivarium shrubs, along with rows of date palms. Pomegranate trees anoint each corner of the largest garden, and you’ll spy ornamental plants like ivy, lavender, acanthus, and iris everywhere you look.
If edible gardens interest you, stroll through the Herb Garden. You’ll be inspired by the abundance of traditional herbs along with fruit trees such as fig, apricot, citrus, pear, and apple. And of course, the featured grape vines round out the traditional Mediterranean ambiance. Perhaps you’ll leave with ideas for your own home landscape.
And on that note, give us a call if you’re feeling the landscaping itch this year. We will be happy to help you renovate your outdoor space so that it provides the relaxation, beauty, and ambiance you want for your home.