Ah, the Jacarandas…

I still remember the first time I drove down a Los Angeles street with the jacaranda trees in full spring bloom. The endless lavender canopy lifted my mood for the rest of the day and left me giddy about the approach of summer. It’s most fun to let the jacarandas take you by surprise, as you turn down a street lined with them on your way to a dentist appointment or errand, but a few places in L.A. are worth a special detour, like the street in Claremont pictured above. One of the best places to sit and relax under the jacarandas is the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, where the trees complement dozens of abstract sculptures placed around a sprawling lawn.

Enjoy them now, because their blooms are as fleeting as an actor’s career.

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