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A salad grows at the Getty Center: Artist Julia Sherman on the roots of her unusual project

A salad grows at the Getty Center: Artist Julia Sherman on the roots of her unusual project

It's no secret that a number of Getty Center visitors spend little time in the galleries and a lot of it in the photogenic gardens designed by artist Robert Irwin, meandering along the descending tree-lined walkway, through the bougainvillea arbor and around the geometric arrangement of azalea floats hovering over a vast, circular pool.

But wander over to the Getty's lower terraces, where modern sculptures by Alexander Calder frame a view of the Pacific Ocean, and you will run into a more peculiar site: a vegetable garden. An organic, heirloom vegetable garden, to be exact.

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