By Nicole Cormier
Southern California doesn’t have a shortage of beautiful gardens. With the state’s ideal agricultural climate, damp sea air and rich soil, it’s not unusual to see a wide variety of unique plant life in the region. The Hortense Miller Garden — named after its creator, environmentalist and author Hortense Miller — is no exception. Though Miller died in 2008 at the age of 99, her garden remains a representation of California’s lush beauty. It showcases the wide range of plants that thrive in on the costs of Southern California, and serves as inspiration to area gardeners or those looking to grow their own green thumbs.
When visiting the Hortense Miller Garden, be sure to stop by the house. This beautiful 50s modern home was Miller’s pride and joy. From avocado-hued tiles to all-glass walls, the architecture and design of this home really represents the woman behind the garden and her eclectic tastes.
The garden though, is the true wonder of this place, and though it may seem daunting, the grounds were designed in a way to ensure that any Southern California resident could grow the very same plants at their homes. The Hortense Miller Garden conducts docent-lead tours Tuesdays through Saturdays on an appointment basis. Though it is free to tour the magnificent garden, donations are happily accepted.
Take the scenic drive to Laguna Beach along the coast to admire the natural beauty of California in anticipation of the Hortense Miller Gardens. An easy jaunt south west on the 710 will eventually dead end at the 1, which you can take the rest of the way south to Laguna Beach.
Take the seaside drive in a 2014 E250 BlueTEC Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino to ensure that the salty air breezes through your hair as you jet down the coast. The performance and beauty that you get from a fine machine like Mercedes-Benz will add to a fun-filled day.
Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.
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