The magic started for me just after entering the gate leading toward the visitors center. The driveway was lined with palo verde trees and luckily I was there at blooming season so I was swept up the driveway on a cloud of yellow.
I checked in for the tour at the visitors center and then wandered around the garden enjoying the gorgeous desert landscaping.
Aloe plants were strategically planted along the paths that were shaded by the palo verde and mesquite trees with a few Texas Ebony trees mixed in.
The visitors center was opened in 2012 and was built to mirror the architecture of the home. The glass walls make you forget you are indoors and the lava stone walls match those in the house itself.
The visitors center is where the various tour groups meet and it also provides a cafe for light meals and a gift shop.
There is also a small gallery located inside the visitors center where changing exhibits are on display for visitors to enjoy.
Walter Annenberg was a businessman, investor and U.S. diplomat who served as Ambassador to London for a period of time. His wife Leonore served as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1981 to 1982. Both were philanthropists in the arts and education among other interests.
Next Sunday, I'll post about the house tour. Although photography was not allowed inside the house, it was encouraged on the outside and I'll be able to show you the beauty that surrounds this mid-century marvel.