Tea by the Sea ~ The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA

When you plan your visit to The Getty Villa, check their web site for information about making reservations for Tea by the Sea (currently offered twice a week). The web site has extensive information about the menu, price and parking. Reservations must be made in advance.  Check their website for hours of operation, parking, special events and calendar: http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/

You will enjoy walking about the magnificent art collection in the villa and the gardens both before and after your Tea. After the Tea, you can join a docent tour of the gardens. Browse their interesting Museum Shop with a terrific collection of books, jewelry and unique gift items.

The Tea is in a function room, on the third floor, overlooking the Villa. When I went, there were 10 tables set up for various size parties, from solo dining to a group of eight.

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South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

When visiting the LA area, check out this beautiful oasis, located on the Palos Verdes peninsula. The 87 acres have over 2,500 species of plants so that there is always something in bloom. For me, it is always a must visit place.

When you pay your admission, you will receive a welcome map detailing the gardens,  collections and walking paths. There is tram service offered on weekends.

Your walk starts at the Japanese Garden and Koi Pond. From there, you can meander through the Children’s Garden and the nearby, newly designed Rose Garden. Enjoy exploring the California native plants.

There are benches located throughout the garden, many in shade. Guests enjoy bringing food and having picnics in the lovely surroundings.

There is information on their web site how you can plan your event in this beautiful garden setting. Check also for upcoming events https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/

Enjoy your journey. Additional photos:  Photos ~ South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes, CA