A day at the museum

Posted on | March 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

LA County Natural History Museum Landscape architect Mia Lehrer

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will mark its centennial in
June with the opening of a 3.5-acre garden designed by landscape architect Mia Lehrer (left). The premises include a new demonstration food 
garden (top), an allee of rebar palm sculptures doubling as rose trellising (below left) and a large, densely planted native garden along the Exposition Boulevard entrance (below right). According to the garden’s director Carol Bornstein (below center), the site will serve as a research plot into urban ecology that will double as much-needed green space for museum visitors and local residents. Click here for more information. The preview tour of the museum grounds was part of the Thursday Garden Talk series with Lili Singer organized by the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Photos: Emily Green

Palm-shaped metal sculptures serve as trellises for roses.Horticulturist Carol Bornstein, a presiding expert on California flora, has worked with the museum and landscape architects on developing a garden dominated by local oaks, madrone, sycamores and various riparian and chaparral complex plants.Path in the new "nature garden" at the Natural History Museum.



2 Responses to “A day at the museum”

  1. Aprille
    March 23rd, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    Excellent Emily! I can’t wait for it to be finished. We’ve been twice in the last 6 months and they wouldn’t let me into the garden part! I’m so looking forward to visiting the new garden!

  2. Will
    March 27th, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    Hrmmm…There’s something clashy between the magnificent architecture of the Natural History Museum and the decidedly utilitarian planter boxes in that lead photo. Not to be a buzzkiller, but I would’ve liked to see the food garden housing designed as something a little less unfinished and a little more connected to the historic structure.

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