A. In Episode 4, of Season 6, "A Horse of a Different Color".
are seeking a serial killer they have nicknamed "The Doomsday Killer",
because his crimes have been inspired by the Book of Revelation.
Dexter is in the hospital with his sick son, Debra calls him and tells
him they have a lead on Doomsday - that a gardener found the Alpha &
Omega symbols (a signature of the killer) at a botanical garden in Coral
there, and joins Debra, Quinn and Batista in the investigation.
At first, what interests them is an arrangement of large, dead fish,
arranged to spell out the Greek letters Alpha and Omega.
Dexter spots something else: blood on the handle of a nearby
greenhouse. Looking inside, they see a young woman (Erin Baer, who had dated Travis), gagged & chained up with spiked iron on a pedestal, dressed in white like an angel.
As the cops
approach, Erin shakes her head in a warning, but it is too late. One of the
cops accidentally touches a trip-wire, which triggers a mechanism that
simultaneously raises the large, white angel wings strapped to Erin's arms, while
dropping her to her death - the spiked collar severing her jugular.
She is dead by the time the cops get to her.
As they are
just starting to absorb the shock of the killing, they hear a buzzing
sound. Opening a cabinet, they are startled by a cloud of buzzing
insects, a biblical swarm of locusts, that fill the greenhouse before
While Dexter watches the locusts, he spots Travis, calmly standing in the background, watching.
What is it actually in real life?
A. A botanic garden.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This scene was shot in the San Fernando Valley, at the botanic garden at Cal-State University Northridge (CSUN), at 18111 Nordhoff Street, in Northridge, CA.
The greenhouses where
they filmed the scene are located east of Lindley Ave, and just west of
where Bertrand Ave curves into Prairie St., on the east side of the
campus, between the University Student Union and Chaparral Hall.
The university's webpage about the garden says:
"Originally planted in
1959 with California natives, the 1.5-acre Garden and Greenhouse
Complex is now a collection of some 1,200 plant species representing
many regions and climates.
The Garden is open to the
public. Visitors can explore areas devoted to cacti and
succulents, tropical plants, California native plants, New Zealand
plants, palms, herbs, butterfly plants, and much more.
Inquisitive squirrels, beautiful butterflies and many species of birds and insects entertain the observer.
Step inside the four greenhouses and you will find a dazzling profusion of orchids, tropicals, bromeliads and ferns."
The garden is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, except on holidays.
This location is less than a mile southeast of the Italian restaurant
where they filmed both the cafe scene and the later restaurant scene, seen in
this same episode.
Rick the photos below in July 2011, as they were prepping for the shoot.
Rick tells me that the red arrow points to actor David Zayas ('Angel Batista') - wearing his usual hat.
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I
already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
This one came from Rick,
who not only tipped me to the location, but visited the set just before
filming, and shot the photos you see above (as well as photos of the
two nearby restaurant scenes). (Thanks, Rick.Great Job!)