LA LIFE INSIDER’S GUIDE: Apple Pickin’, Carved, Hollywood & Garden Tour, Banksy

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October? Seriously?! My mind is boggled. But, no matter, this fall month is chock full of fun happenings. Nothing says Fall like the fresh air of the San Bernardino Mountains and crisp fresh picked apples at “Willowbrook Apple Farm”. It’s not only Fall but the spooky season, as well, and you can celebrate with “Ikebana” and “Carved” at Descanso Gardens. The “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour” digs up the dirt on Hollywood’s history. The 2021 “Native Plant Garden Tour” is concluding. And…OMG!…  “Banksy” has come to town, Tomatoes.

Apple Pickin’ and More at Willowbrook

Well, Tomatoes, apple pickin’ time starts today at Willowbrook Apple Farm, but other delights await you like…wine tasting and S’mores!  Not only that but there’s u-press cider, an adorbs general store to peruse, and meet & greets with their farm animals all in a picturesque setting in the San Bernardino Mountains, Tomatoes.

For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials, the popular Pumpkin House, a hay maze, and themed food and beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance. Members have been reserving a spot, but non-member ticket sales start today so I would book ASAP, Tomatoes

Oct 2-24.  Ikebana Display

The Japanese Garden at Descanso is beautiful this time of year and the large scale Ikebana Displays are making it even more gorgeous this fall season starting tomorrow.  And the whole Tomato family can enjoy a pumpkin-filled extravaganza with pumpkin filled displays for “Carved” at Descanso Gardens. Tickets go on Sale today for Non-Members.  It is the season, Tomatoes!

For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line a 1-mile walk through the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. hundreds of carved pumpkins, a pumpkin house, and more during spooky season at Descanso. Along with pumpkins, there will be exciting new oversized sculptures made of sticks and other natural materials. The popular Pumpkin House, a hay maze, and themed food and beverage will all help to create a fun harvest festival ambiance. Members have been reserving a spot, but non-member ticket sales start today so I would book ASAP, Tomatoes.

Oct 10 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour

It’s the 38th “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour” hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles where Hollywood history and several of its scandals are revealed.  Just imagine visiting the gravesites of legendary early Hollywood stars, movie moguls and pioneers in this amazing 120-year-old cemetery with all the stories and secrets it holds, Tomatoes.

You can hear all the fascinating tales from historian experts on the subject.  I always think tours with historians at the helm are the best. Hollywood Founder Harvey Wilcox and Col. Griffith J. Griffith who mapped Hollywood and over twenty other legendary Los Angelenos are featured along with the film icons that put Hollywood on that map.  Such early Hollywood celebs such as Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara La Marr, William Desmond Taylor and many more are resting in peace at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It sounds incredible Tomatoes but what’s more incredible is that I, myself, have never visited! I think it is high time I do, don’t you?!

Oct 6. Native Plant Garden Tour Update

The Theodore Payne Foundations “2021 Native Plant Garden Tour” will conclude with “Garden Tour Update: Dormancy” this Wednesday via Zoom/You Tube. The online free event will revisit all eight carefully chosen gardens to discuss how they’ve changed throughout one growing season. Native plants rock, Tomatoes!

 

Having planted many natives in my garden the past 18 months, I can tell you it is a fascinating journey. The session will also discuss summer gardening with natives, how to design for year-round interest, and appreciating the natural cycles of the Southern California seasons. Native plants to our area make gardening easier and more environmentally beneficial in Los Angeles, Tomatoes.  So, check it out,  if you are so inclined.

Banksy Exhibit: Banksy: Genius or Vandal.

 

Dedicated to the famous British artist Banksy, the exhibit lets visitors dive into his controversial artistic universe featuring more than 80 genuine, authenticated artworks by Banksy.  Now you can form your answer to the question “Banksy: Genius or Vandal” since the world-renowned exhibition has finally arrived and is live in the city of stars, Tomatoes.

The experience plunges you into the mysterious world of the Bristol-born street artist where you can enjoy a rich selection of works lent from private collectors around the world, plus a unique virtual reality experience guiding you through the artist’s career. Get ready to embark on a journey to the heart of the artwork of the awesomely talented king of the streets. I can’t wait to see it for myself, Tomatoes!


 

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  • The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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