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Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Rancho Mirage, CA........Textures from darkrose42 on deviant art........Photoshop CS3........"Sunnylands is the 200-acre estate in Rancho Mirage, California that was the West Coast home of Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg. Completed in 1966, Sunnylands was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones with interiors by William Haines and Ted Graber. The 25,000-square-foot midcentury modern house is located on landscaped grounds that include a private golf course, tennis court, swimming pool, and 11 fishing lakes. The Annenbergs welcomed to Sunnylands seven United States presidents, British royalty, international political figures, and cultural and entertainment legends........Prior to her death in 2009, Mrs. Annenberg identified 15 additional acres adjacent to Sunnylands on which to construct a center and gardens for public programs. She commissioned Frederick Fisher and Partners to design the center and The Office of James Burnett to design the gardens........The west windows of Sunnylands Center present a magnificent vista of the 10,000-foot-plus San Jacinto Mountains looming above palo verde trees. Landscape architect James Burnett used Vincent van Gogh's Olive Trees of 1889 as inspiration for this masterpiece view of the Center's unique gardens........Burnett carefully crafted nine acres of desert, designing 1.25 miles of walking paths that meander through more than 53,000 individual plants and 50 arid-landscape species. The gardens were carefully conceived to appear different in every season with variations that create a memorable sensory experience." - Info. from Sunnylands' website.
March 13th, 2013
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