the norton simon museum is a cozy dark little gem in the heart of pasadena. most people pass it by or notice it as a backdrop to the tournament of roses parade…but it has some very fine pieces in it’s collection. I think I particularly like the museum because it feels like an east coast university art gallery – like at wellesly college or brandeis. In the back of the museum is a central garden that is the best part of the campus…
from their website:
Conceived in 1999 by noted Southern California landscape designer, Nancy Goslee Power, the 79,000-square-foot garden includes more than 180 species of trees, shrubs, vines, ground cover and perennials. Complete with a meandering pond and a small waterfall, the garden is home to magnificent sculptures ingeniously integrated into the landscape. The Museum’s garden is designed to bring delight to every season. Its large pond features various species of water lilies and bog plants. Two magnificent trees, a Moreton Bay Fig and a Cockspur Coral Tree, stand as centerpieces in the garden. Nestled in a hedge of fragrant Lavender, the Deodar Cedar and Kashmir Cypress trees complement an impressive grove of Lemon-scented Gum Eucalyptus.
Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1825