also today i met the grandson of the first president of south korea and chatted with him at length. from now on when i need plants i am ONLY going to buy them from Hi Duk Lee. because he is smart, interesting, friendly, has zillions of succulents and has traveled to 90 countries, but loves the USA the best. you can read more about him HERE. if you live locally check him out. my nice neighbor susan who knows absolutely everything about everything told me about his wonderful inexpensive succulents. and i always do what susan tells me!
fabulous article HERE about mover and shaker Hi Duk Lee. i do love meeting interesting peeps when i'm out and about in LA!
an excerpt from the LA Times article:
He created a bit of Korea at his home in the hills above Los Feliz. His living room holds a crown from the Shilla dynasty. On his walls are Korean paintings. He has sliding Korean doors and a set of books detailing the history of the Lee Dynasty, which ruled Korea for five centuries and from which he is descended. There also are enormous wall-sized photographs of Lee and his family at various lakes and mountains in South Korea.
"I tell my children that my house is a Lee family immigrant museum," he says. In his front yard, Lee has built a pond in the shape of Korea. "This side is North Korea. This is South Korea," he says. Then pointing down to a small green bridge that straddles the pond and leads from the sidewalk to his doorstep, he says: "I built the bridge myself. It's the DMZ."