Wonderful symmetry created by artichoke Agave

Steel framed reflecting pools along side the cafe terrace

The view looking back over the great lawn to the visitors center

Landscape architect James Burnett has created a striking modern landscape to compliment the visitors center

On a recent trip to Palm Springs I was fortunate to visit the Sunnylands center and gardens.  Recently completed to house the visitors center for the Annenberg estate, although the estate tours have been sold out since opening earlier this Spring, for now the visitors center gives a very satisfying glimpse into this architectural treasure.  Every Friday the garden docents lead an hour long tour free to the public, in the summer months it starts promptly at 7:30 AM to witch I am grateful for the cool desert morning.

The visitor center is beautifully done with interiors by Michael Smith showcasing collections from the Annenbergs estate and presentations about the estates history.  The main house at just over 25,000 square feet was completed in 1966 by the renowned architect A. Quincy Jones and interiors by William Haines and Ted Graber.  For more information and tour dates visit www.sunnylands.org