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A view to the sea. Author’s photograph.
This lovely seaside garden is open daily from approximately 7am until dark. (The Adamson House and Malibu lagoon Museum are open only Wednesday through Saturday between 10am and 2pm.)
Slumbering behind unprepossessing gray walls one-half block south of downtown Malibu’s busiest intersection is a thirteen-acre oasis, the home gardens and grounds of the Adamson House. Visitors are dazzled by the house — a National Historical Site and Califor­nia Landmark that is considered a shrine for lovers of ceramic arts and design — and are intrigued by local history presented in the adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum, but the grounds are often overlooked. Lush, serene, and picturesque, the house and museum site nearly succumbed to the syndrome singer Joni Mitchell condemned as “pave paradise, put up a parking lot” until people who knew better and cared more prevailed.

The handsome, tile-embellished 1929 house was the home of Rhoda Rindge Adamson, only daughter of the last and most tenacious family to own what was once known as Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit. Rhode spelled backwards prov...

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