UCLA and Westwood Village: Gardens and Parks
Franklin D Murphy Sculpture Garden
Tel (310) 443-7041, daily
This is the largest sculpture garden on the West Coast with more than 70 20th-century sculptures. The highlights include Henry Moore’s Two- Piece Reclining Figure, No. 3 (1961) and Jacques Lipchitz’s Baigneuse (Bather, 1923–5).
Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden
Tel (310) 825-1260
Tucked away in a small shady canyon, this serene garden contains almost 4,000 rare and native species. Divided into 13 thematic sections, the gardens feature both subtropical and tropical plants. The trees are spectacular and include some outstanding Australian eucalyptus and some large specimens of dawn redwoods.
Westwood Memorial Park
1218 Glendon Ave.
Tel (310) 474-1579
Timing: 8am–5pm daily.
Off the beaten track, this small cemetery is located behind the Avco Center theaters and parking lot. The tranquil grounds are now the final resting place for celebrities such as Dean Martin, Peter Lorre, Buddy Rich, Natalie Wood, and Marilyn Monroe.
For several decades after her death, Monroe’s second husband, Joe DiMaggio, used to have six red roses placed on her tomb every week.