A couple weeks ago I was wandering the LA Arts District and discovered a hidden gem, this stunning garden surrounded by muralled walls with a cocktail bar in the middle. It was the perfect Leelee’s Garden spot that mixed creativity, nature and planty, boozy concoctions. 2017 has been my year of travel. And in all my adventuring I’ve been lucky to stumble upon areas and sweet spots like this one that seem to fit just right with the Leelee’s Garden vibe. So, I’ve decided to write city guides that highlight a handful of my favorite finds! If you’re at all into art, cocktails, gardens, nature and adventures, these guides are for you!
First up is Los Angeles! Though this year has been a hard one for me personally (I share more about this in the summer tour story), there have been many gifts born out of big life changes. One was getting to spend more time with my family in California, especially visiting my sister often and rediscovering Los Angeles as an adult. Over several trips, I’ve collected a few favorite spots I’ll return to over and over again in this massive city of known and lesser known gems.
Here are my top picks in LA-LA Land:
LA Downtown Arts District
Lately I can’t get enough of this hip and happening area. Luckily every creative entrepreneur event in the city seems to be here! Between conferences and workshops lately, I’ve been wandering and finding huge walls of color on every corner.
My favorite garden stop is the cocktail garden of Manuela (top photo and below). With a backdrop of moody murals, this kitchen garden is just right for an afternoon cocktail.
Want to get inspired like I have been in this arts center AND get creative too? Come to my next LA pop-up at As We Dwell! Create your own living work of art in the heart of Los Angeles with me on October 27!
Venice Canals and Beachfront
This summer I spent a few afternoons in Venice and am officially hooked. Yes, there’s beautiful people watching, but you can also take yourself on a Venice Canals garden walk. The homes that line the Venice waterways offer a ton of SoCal garden design inspiration. And you can’t leave Venice without hitting the beach. Maybe you’ll spy group hula-hoop practice like I did!
If you need a nature break in the heart of LA, nothing beats Griffith Park. Golden hour amidst the trees is magical!
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Hi I'm Leelee! I'm a botanical artist, educator and owner of Leelee's Garden. I host pop-up plant and flower workshops around the country, do design projects, and share botanical tidbits in my newsletter once or twice a month.
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