Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 7:34 PM
By Victoria Talbot
Mayor Lili Bosse, who always says, “Monday is my favorite day of the week!” will lead walkers to visit the beautiful Salon Maxime and the Cactus Garden at Beverly Gardens Park for Walk with the Mayor Monday, a free event that starts Monday at 8:30 a.m. on the Crescent Drive steps of City Hall.
This spectacular walk begins with Salon Maxime, a window into the enduring legacy of extraordinary coiffure that Beverly Hills is famous for in films, lore and – in fact!
The Salon by Maxime opened its doors in 2004. Owner Maxime Salvador infuses his French charm into his flagship Beverly Hills hair salon, which exudes a sexy sophistication that is translated into the world’s finest hair care. Comprised of some of the best hair stylists in Los Angeles, clients are in expert hands with the team at Salon Maxime. Guests are treated with a professional enthusiasm that produces custom results to bring in out the best in each client.
Then, walkers will take advantage of the foresight of the City founders, who designed the City with a green belt between the businesses and the residences well in advance of modern city planning. That green belt, the Beverly Gardens Park, is the cherished focus of the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park, who have raised millions of dollars to refresh and renew the beauty and integrity of one of the City’s most defining features.
Thanks to the Beverly Hills Historical Society, park visitors will be able to access the history of Beverly Hills on their smart phones by just pointing their cameras at special signs with QR codes located throughout the City’s parks.
The first signs appeared during the Fall artSHOW at the iconic Lily Pond in Beverly Gardens Park, and Beverly Hills Historical Society creators Robbie Anderson and Phil Savenick, authors and historians of the City, will be on hand to demonstrate these remarkable markers. Each QR code will connect participants to a linked video that will bring history to life!
Walkers will also visit the historic Cactus Garden, one block of the Beverly Gardens Park, which has been undergoing a major transformation. FOBGP has been hard at work to restore the specimen cacti to their original beauty and walkers will receive a sneak peek at the garden before the official dedication that will take place in February.
FOBGP has been working to transform the once pristine collection of cactus and succulents to a renewed garden of sustainability and beauty. The Cactus Garden is considered one of the park’s most distinctive blocks and was donated to the City of Beverly Hills in 1934 by John Bullard. Today, the garden provides visitors close – up vantages of many cacti and succulent varieties. During construction, the specimens were moved off-site and cared for, to be available for the public to enjoy again.
Landscape architect Mia Lehrer and Friends of Beverly Gardens Park founder Steve Gordon will join the walk to discuss the massive effort to renew this wonderful piece of Beverly Hills’ history.
Walk with the Mayor is part of Mayor Bosse”s #BHHealthyCity initiative, to make Beverly Hills the healthiest city in the world, physically, mentally, spiritually – and in business.
By featuring visits to local businesses, the walks connect the community with the magnificent resources available and connection to the community. Exploring the City’s resources, such as public art, historic places and City parks, connects the community to their City landmarks and enhances appreciation for all the unique benefits Beverly Hills has to offer.
Walk with the Mayor is also an incredible example of transparency in government. Mayor Bosse is available to talk to face-to-face about issues that concern you, the citizen, in a healthy, casual manner. City staff and council members are often on hand to meet with residents and visitors, making healthy access to government a feature that sets Beverly Hills apart from many local governments.
To join the walk, all you need is a pair of good walking shoes. Be at the steps of City Hall on North Crescent Drive at 8:30 a.m. Parking is free at City Hall.