Friday, October 2, 2009

Exposition Park Rose Garden

The City of Los Angeles has operated the 7-acre formal Rose Garden in Exposition Park since 1928. It is a traditional rose garden including concentric plots of rose bushes laid out symmetrically around a central fountain.

The garden includes over 20,000 rose bushes and over 200 different types of roses.

The garden, which is a nice location for a stroll or a picnic, is open from 9 in the morning until sundown but is closed from January 1st through March 15th for maintenance and pruning. A number of child-friendly museums surround the garden in Exposition Park including The California Science Center, The California African American Museum, and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Exposition Park is also across the street from the University of Southern California campus.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon is a very popular urban park in Hollywood with a moderate 3 mile hiking loop.

There are great views over the city from the trail. Here is a view looking out over Hollywood toward downtown Los Angeles:

Cactus and Palm tree near the Fuller street entrance to the park:

The main entrance to Runyon Canyon is on N. Fuller Ave. one block north of Hillside Avenue. There are additional entrances on Vista St. and from the north on Mulholland. Dogs are allowed on the trails.

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