Bracing for scarcity

Posted on | July 7, 2014 | No Comments

Cushion imprint of garden gloves after a late February early March rain in Los Angeles, 2014. Photo: Emily Green

Rain shroud: Imprint left by garden gloves on a sun cushion after a March 1st rain, one of the few in a sharply low rainfall year for Los Angeles County in 2013-14. Panelists at Thursday evening’s “Just Add Water” discussion at the Natural History Museum will explore the potential for landscape reform to both beautify Los Angeles and gird it for water scarcity. Photo: Emily Green

Carol Bornstein, head of the new gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Pamela Berstler of G3 Green Gardens Group and Jon Christensen of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability will be my fellow panelists Thursday for the Natural History Museum’s “Just Add Water” talk on landscape reform. Before taking over the recently installed native and food teaching gardens at the museum, Bornstein was director of horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and co-wrote the cult book “California Native Plants for the Garden.” Berstler, a landscape designer turned activist, now works with local coastal preservation groups and water companies to re-train landscape maintenance teams with low water, energy and pollution protocols. As a perk to those who attend Thursday evening at 6.30pm, the museum’s co-host for the talk, Jon Christensen, will be giving out copies of the centenary aqueduct issue of Boom: A Journal of California. Click here for more information.

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