American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

A Night at the Getty and UCLA
Event Type: 
Meals & Events
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 07 - 1:30pm to 9:30pm
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center











During the first portion of this event, guests will be free to explore the Getty Museum and Central Garden during afternoon hours. The collection, changing exhibitions, and outdoor art on view at the Getty Center reach across European and American history—from medieval times to the present. The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and Asian photographs; contemporary and modern sculpture; and Robert Irwin's Central Garden, designed specifically for the Getty Center.

As the Getty Center closes, there will then be two options for guests to choose to spend the remainder of their evening. Please note that a nominal fee and pre-registration is required for both options.

OPTION 1:   An Afternoon and Exclusive Evening at the Getty Center with Robert Irwin

As the Getty Center closes to the public, guests will be welcomed for an honorary talk given by Getty’s world renowned Central Garden designer Robert Irwin. Following the talk, guests will adjourn to the Courtyard for an after-hours reception, featuring a full dinner, and exclusive viewing of the Central Garden with its lush landscape of sights, sounds, and scents.

Pre-registration and a fee of $75.00 is required to attend this event.

Watch a short video about Robert Irwin here.


OPTION 2:   Getty Center and Evening at UCLA Botanical Garden - This option is currently full. We apologize for the inconvenience.

After spending the afternoon hours at the amazing Getty Center, enjoy an evening exploring the plants and landscapes of UCLA. Our evening begins with a welcome reception at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, a 7.5-acre garden dedicated to teaching and inspiring the next generation of scientists, naturalists, and plant lovers. Founded in 1929, this arboreal garden contains a wide diversity of plants, vistas, and landscapes within its small footprint. Guests will have exclusive after-hours access and can explore at their own pace, with docents stationed in key areas to share stories of the Garden and its history. For those who wish to stretch their legs even more, maps will be provided showing botanical and horticultural highlights of the UCLA campus. The 419-acre campus landscape was originally designed by Ralph D. Cornell as an arboretum-like landscape, home to beautiful and unusual trees from around the world and wonderful design elements. After exploring, we’ll meet up again at the Botanical Garden for a delicious, family-style meal. As the sun sets over the city and rush hour comes to an end we’ll head south to the conference hotel.


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Celebrate Design! Sponsored by: Land Morphology, MKSK, Visionscape, Inc., W. Gary Smith Design