This summer I took a trip to view the current exhibit at the Autry Museum by two contemporary Native American artists, Harry Fonseca & David Bradley’s Indian Country. The Arlington Gardens in Pasadena is a hidden Mediterranean garden sanctuary filled with a variety of native plants, flowers, trees, and sections for meditation.

Tree People is a hidden oasis just slightly off Mulhulland Drive and Coldwater Canyon, where visitors can learn how to keep our cities green by participating in tree plantings in urban communities throughout Los Angeles. This beautiful rustic park has trails with spectacular views of the valley and downtown Los Angeles offering a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, picnicking, educational tours and a nature center offering classes for school children. Live theatrical performances take place under the stars every summer. 

The Ballona Wetlands is not only one of the last wetlands in Los Angeles, it is also an ecological preserve offering tours for children and adults through the marshlands to view the natural habitat, birds and plant life. Over 200 species of birds pass through this ecological sanctuary each year which is essential for their survival and our environment.  Without the wetlands we would be at risk of floods due to the rising sea levels and the unpredictable changes in our climate.

Listen to the interview with Tree People and the Ballona Wetlands to learn how you can become involved in these environmental organizations.

Crystal Cove is located in Newport Coast where you'll discover 43 historic beach cottages which were 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 and determination helped save this historic district from being transformed into a resort hotel.  Today you can rent one of these charming beach cottages for a family getaway any time of year.

The Hollyhock House is a cultural landmark in Hollywood that sits on top of a hill with spectacular city views down to the sea. The house was Frank Lloyd Wrights first project in Los Angeles, which today is an architectural treasure open to the public offering tours of the property and a variety of programs and events. The summer season offers sunset wine tastings with a live DJ and food trucks, movies on the lawn, an art center adjacent to the house offering community classes in art and live theater.

Listen to the story of how this unique treasure came to life in the early 1900's and was preserved for us to enjoy.


Theatricum Botanicum & Cornell Winery

In the beautiful setting of Topanga Canyon, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum 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 offers quality wine tastings, as well as fine art and jewelry in the gift shop.

Listen to the story and background of these two unique "Treasures of The West”.

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum - Cornell Wine tasting Room