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Showy orange California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and golden tidy tips (Layia platyglossa) dominated the spring wildflower show. Photo: courtesy of Los Angeles County Arboretum

Some gardens are notable for the passions and principles that bring them into being. So goes the story of a landscape that delighted thousands at the Los Angeles County Arboretum last spring, and whose continuing evolution may yield new ideas for California gardens.

The Crescent, named for its half-moon shape, had been a gently sloping mound of turf for as long as anyone could remember. Located at center of the Arboretum, the 32,000-square-foot parcel occasionally served as a location for film productions or a site for art, but otherwise did little to earn the water and energy it consumed. It was a landscape awaiting inspiration.
Wildflowering L.A.
Funded by the James E. Irvine Foundation and administered by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), an arts organization, Wildflowering L.A., a spirited initiative led by artist Fritz Haeg, has cultivated California native wildflower displays at 50 sites across Los Angeles Count...


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