Lately I have been enjoying creating a lot more gardens which use less water. When I work in Los Feliz, I often drive on Franklin Ave and turn ono Riverside Drive to get to the 5 South freeway. Each time I drove through this intersection the newly planted garden on the corner caught my eye. I decided to stop and take a look and discovered a lovely water-wise garden installed by the LADWP called the Aqueduct Centennial Garden. I soon found more info about this garden on-line.
August 12, 2013 – (Modified Press Release)
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge of the 4th District, James McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and community members convened at the recently-renovated Mulholland Memorial Fountain in Los Feliz to break ground on the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden. They ceremoniously marked the start of construction on enhancements to the grounds surrounding the Los Feliz landmark that will feature elements marking the rich water history of the city and the upcoming Centennial of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
The new garden has California Friendly landscaping and plants, walking paths, park benches and educational signage to complement the recent renovations made to the Mulholland Fountain. The space includes a decomposed granite path that depicts the Aqueduct’s 233 mile alignment from the Eastern Sierras to Los Angeles, as well as a 10-foot diameter riveted steel section of the original Aqueduct pipe. The garden will be an interactive display and monument to William Mulholland, Los Angeles’s rich water history, and the L.A. Aqueduct Centennial. You can see a rendering of the completed garden, at the LADWP website below.
“Water is Los Angeles’s past, present, and future,” said Councilmember Tom LaBonge. “This space, with the restored Mulholland Fountain and the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden, is a great living memorial to a remarkable man who influenced so much of our collective history and helped build a world-class city.”
L.A. Aqueduct Centennial Garden landscaped in 2013, has a beautiful range of water-wise plants shown below:
Black Anther Flax Lily
Yankee Point Ceanothus
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