The Dry Garden: After the storm

Posted on | December 3, 2011 | 2 Comments

After the storm, we have no coroners, no priests for big trees. There will no autopsies, no last rites for the shredded jacaranda and more than 50 damaged trees at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, the fallen oaks of Fair Oaks Avenue or mangled magnolia trees of Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. Ceremony, if it can be called that, will involve gas-fired buzz saws and insurance adjusters.

So how do we mark what happened? For that matter, what did happen? And what, ultimately, will we make of the night the trees fell?

Click here to keep reading in the Los Angeles Times about the massive tree losses across the Los Angeles foothills during record winds last Wednesday night.



2 Responses to “The Dry Garden: After the storm”

  1. Ilsa Setziol
    December 4th, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Great piece Green!
    Got any idea if municipalities will pick up branches? The day after workers, presumably from my city, came through and scooped up stuff. But we hadn’t found a chain saw yet. Now our stuff is chopped but way to big for a green bin.

  2. EmilyGreen
    December 4th, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Gracias, amiga. I’m not clear on what will and won’t be picked up but to judge from the great piles of branches lining most of the streets up here, the expectation is that the streets will be cleared manually. I’ll have a better idea tomorrow for western Altadena. The important point that Craig Nakano and Sue Carpenter made in the Times is that palm fronds should not go in the green bins.

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