Finding Nature in a Concrete Jungle

When you live in a concrete jungle, I feel that you need to seek solitude in nature to find balance. I recently spent the day exploring a section of Griffith Park that I’d never been to- Amir’s Garden.  It was a little tricky to find, but I’ll post some photos with landmarks to make it easier for the next person who wants to visit.

Amir’s Garden is a beautiful oasis nestled in the hillside of Griffith Park.  Created by Amir Dialameh in 1971, this piece of zen covers about 5 acres and is comprised of lush greenery, flowers, multiple paths and sitting areas.  There are several different clearings with picnic tables and benches.  It wasn’t surprising for me to learn that Amir worked on this garden for over 30 years.  There are multiples paths, layers and stairs built into the slope.  This is the perfect place to have a picnic, rest in the shade mid-hike, read a book or just meditate and find your inner peace.  Amir passed away in 2003 but left this gift for all of us to enjoy.  His garden is cared for by volunteers and the City of Los Angeles Park Rangers.

More photos HERE

How to get there:

I entered Griffith Park from Los Feliz Blvd which ended up being a huge mistake due to the Haunted Hayride detour.  I’d suggest coming in from Zoo Drive by the 134.  Turn right on Griffith Park Drive and continue about a mile until you reach Mineral Wells picnic area.  There is a fire road that will take you to the garden just behind the parking lot.  From here, I’ll show you the way through photos…

Look for the Mineral Wells sign. Park here.

Park to the right of these signs. The fire road to Amir's Garden is very close.

Parking on the right, path to Amir's Garden on the left.

Take the path on the left.

Water Tower 73. You are more than halfway there!

You've arrived at Amir's Garden.


About Christy Borgman

Professional photographer specializing in rock 'n roll and live concert/event photography. Visually expressing powerful music is my passion.
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1 Response to Finding Nature in a Concrete Jungle

  1. Griffith park is a great place to get re energized and balanced. I always need a stop there when I visit L.A.

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