Tree People is a hidden oasis above Mulhulland Drive just off Coldwater Canyon, where visitors can take a break from the fast pace of the city off the beaten path and learn how to keep our cities green. This beautiful rustic park has spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley, the mountains and the city, offering a variety of relaxing outdoor activities to enjoy such as taking walks, hiking the trails, picnicking, an educational nature center offering classes for school children, and live theatrical performances under the stars every summer.
We also visited "The Ballona Wetlands" to hear about the last wetlands in Los Angeles, an ecological reserve offering tours for children and adults through the marshlands that sit on the outskirts of the city. Over 200 species of birds are now able to thrive in an ecosystem that is an essential part of our environment. Without the wetlands we would be at risk of floods due to the sea level rising and the unpredictable changes in our climate.
Listen to the interview and mission of Tree People and the Ballona Wetlands to learn how you can become involved in these environmental organizations.
This month I'll take you on a journey to explore two cultural treasures in Southern California. We'll first stop in Crystal Cove located in Newport Coast to hear how 43 beach cottages where saved by a woman named Linda Davick, who grew up spending summers by the sea with her family for more than 40 years. Her mission helped preserve this historic district from being transformed into a resort hotel. Today you can rent a charming beach cottage for a family getaway any time of year.
We'll also visit a cultural landmark in Hollywood which sits on top of a hill with spectacular views of the city, the mountains and the Griffith Park Observatory. The historic Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wrights first project in Los Angeles and is now an architectural treasure open to the public. It offers visitors more than just an opportunity to tour the property, there are also many summer events including wine tastings, movies on the lawn, an art center offering programs year round and live theater. Listen to the story of how this unique house came to life in the early 1900's and has been preserved for us to enjoy.
Theatricum Botanicum & Cornell Winery
This month I took you to two special places located in the beautiful canyons of Topanga and Malibu. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon is a magical place to see an outdoor Shakespeare performance or live musical event. The Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is a hidden treasure and tasting room located in Malibu offering quality wines as well as fine art, gifts and jewelry.
Listen to the story and background of these two unique "Treasures of The West".