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Celebrating Earth Day: A Look at a Blending of Nature and Design

In celebration of Earth Day, check out these eco-friendly locales. With a blending of creativity fusing nature and creativity, these places are sure to inspire.

California Scenario

Located in Costa Mesa, CA, this sculpture garden is a hidden gem is tucked away between office buildings. Designed by world renowned artist Isamu Noguchi, the garden was installed more than 30 years ago, and was built as an homage to the California landscape. A mini redwood forest, tiny desert and a little mountain stream display the state’s geography throughout its plan.

To visit: 611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA

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Noguchi Garden – California Scenario Photo Credit: Travel Costa Mesa

Desert Botanical Garden

With cactus as far as the eye can see, this beautiful garden boasts red rock formations and vista views aplenty. Located in Phoenix, AZ, the garden provides trails for hiking including the Desert Discovery Loop Trail and the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail. A yucca forest, barrel cactus and ornamental grasses are in full display throughout.

To learn more, visit dbg.org. To visit: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ

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Wildflowers / Photo Credit Adam Rodriguez Desert Botanical Garden

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Abundant acres flourish with botanicals and plants, while nestled strategically within the gardens are historical and current buildings dedicated to art, letters and botany. Of special note is the Huntington Library, which contains rare and historical books, manuscripts and works of art. Visitors can also tour 120 of the 207 acres of property, formally landscapes into a variety of themed garden spaces including the Desert Garden, Jungle Garden, Japanese Garden and Children’s Garden.

To learn more, visit huntington.org. To visit: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA

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Japanese Garden - Created in 1912, the Japanese Garden features a pond spanned by a moon bridge, a traditional Japanese house and ceremonial teahouse, bonsai courts, a Zen garden, and trellises of wisteria that bloom in early spring. © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Cornerstone Gardens

Located on a 9-acre property in Sonoma, CA, sets a garden designed by top landscape architects from around the world. Contemporary and unusual formations dot the views from a blue Christmas ornament
encrusted tree to rows of pinwheels set in farm row formations.

To learn more, visit cornerstonegardens.com. To visit: 23570 Arnold Dr. Sonoma, CA

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Photo Credit: Cornerstone Gardens