Wildflowering L.A. is a native wildflower seed sowing initiative throughout Los Angeles County by artist Fritz Haeg.

Fifty highly visible sites are sown in fall 2013 to bloom in spring 2014, culminating in a public exhibition and event in early summer. The project is presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation.

Wildflowering L.A. Spring Exhibition, April 26-27

 

A culminating exhibition of Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering L.A. project, commissioned and organized by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) will take place on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at THE SHED: Pasadena’s emerging space for urban agriculture, planning, permaculture, and land use by La Loma Development Company

Public hours will be from 12pm-6pm daily.

The exhibition will include:

-Large-scale map installation by Fritz Haeg to visually depict the expanse of the 50 Wildflowering L.A. sites across Los Angeles County with clippings from project participants, projections of site photos, archival materials, and artist-designed posters

-Conversations at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm with experts, including representatives from the Theodore Payne Foundation and project participants

-Educational/family activities from 12pm-5pm for kids (but great for all ages and adults) including sensory stations, printmaking, nature-related art making, and more

Plus a live broadcast each afternoon by KCHUNG,  seasonal and locally-sourced refreshments, and more!  

THE SHED is located at 1355 Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena, 91103. 

Posted by LAND

de LaB April 10th Site Visit

de LaB, or design east of La Brea, is organizing a visit to Wildflowering L.A. Site #44 in Lincoln Heights on April 10th at 6pm. 

Info from their webpage announcement:

We’ll begin our tour at Wildflowering L.A. Site #44 and will be touring two additional sites in the Northeast LA area. These locations will be selected the week of the event based on what’s blooming. The sites will all be within a few miles of this first location, and will be drivable or bikeable. After the site visits, we’ll be ending at a bar in the area to talk more about the project—this location will also be announced the week of the event, so be sure to RSVP to get more information via email.

de LaB is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of L.A.

Posted by Fritz Haeg

SPRING SHOW

Our Wildflowering L.A. spring show/installation/event has just been confirmed for Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from Noon to 6pm at THE SHED (1355 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena 91103), hosted by La Loma Development. More details coming soon! 

Posted by Fritz Haeg

SERIOUS BLOOMING SEASON BEGINS

Over the past few weeks we have been receiving reports from our 50 participating Wildflowering L.A. sites across the county. Our first accounts of flowers – mostly Tidy Tips and Lupine – came in January. But with our early spring Southern California heat and sun kicking in, we have many sites experiencing their first wave of dramatic blooms. This will continue in secessional waves through June with various species coming up, flowering, and then receding as others take the stage. The most abundant blooms at the moment seem to be the Clarkia and Phacelia. Participants have been sending their ‘bloom ratings,’ their estimates of when their wildflower site might peak, some current snapshots, and general anecdotes about their experiences with the project. I have been compiling this information and adding it to our map page, which will continue to be updated through June. We have also just officially announced the public viewing/touring phase of the project. See the full announcement on my blog and go here to view the press release from LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division).

Posted by Fritz Haeg

On Weeding and Weeding Disposal

Many of us taking part in the Wildflowering L.A. project have learned the importance of removing unwanted species before they go to seed (such is the case, for example, with the non-native mustards, whose ripe seed capsules burst open and scatter aggressively).

Just as important as the act of weed removal is proper weed disposal. We encourage placing weeds in your black trash can, rather than the green waste bin. If weeds go into the green waste, there is a good chance that they will end up in a facility that grinds it all into mulch that is then used by the city and offered to other residents for use in their gardens. This mulch, then, would harbor the weed seeds and encourage further and wider-spread propagation of the very plants we were trying to eradicate. In the black can, weeds and their seed are treated as refuse and do not have the opportunity to regenerate in a wider sphere. 

Posted by Genny Arnold, Theodore Payne Foundation

Community Weeding Day – March 8th

Weeding! It’s an inevitable part of Wildflowering L.A. for all of our hard-working participants and sites.

Something this project has taught us here at LAND is that, while a few wildflowers will come up in spite of weeds, most of a field’s potential is strangled by their competition for space, light, water, and nutrients. So, weeding is vital, but who wants to do it alone?

At the same time, there was much interest from people who wanted to participate in the project, but did not have a site of their own that was feasible. What happens when you put these things together?

Community Weeding! The Community Weeding Day is set for March 8th. Initially a Community Weeding Day was also planned for March 1st as well, but all sites have been postponed to March 8th due to the rainstorm (!) forecast for this weekend.

For more information, whether you have a site or just want to help, email wildfloweringla@nomadicdivision.org or visit this Facebook invitation (and invite your friends!)

Posted by LAND

AN OPEN HOUSE

Tomorrow we host a Wildflowering L.A. open house at the Theodore Payne Foundation from 1-3pm. This is one of my favorite places in the Los Angeles area, a special sanctuary to consider what our land was like before it was urbanized, and a primary inspiration for the project. There will be a short native gardening talk, we’ll hike up to see Theodore Payne Foundation’s Wildflowering L.A. site, and the whole team will be there to answer questions, offer advice, and exchange stories about the project. I’ll be serving my home-baked bread, freshly picked native plant tea infusions, and farmer’s market fruits. All are welcome, contact wildfloweringla@nomadicdivision.org with RSVPs or questions.

Saturday, February 22nd, 1-3pm
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley 91352

Posted by Fritz Haeg

A WORD ON WATERING

California is experiencing its driest year on record. Compound scant rainfall with persistent, drying Santa Ana winds, and we find our landscapes becoming stressed. We can learn about what our urban gardens will do by looking to nature; if our wild areas are showing signs of drought stress, our cultivated gardens will certainly follow suit.

Most of you who are growing sites as part of the project are probably at the stage where wildflower seedlings have reached a couple inches in height, and you have now cut back on watering. You may notice that your seedlings are not wilting, but they also aren’t showing signs of growth and are just existing and maintaining at that low height.  

Because of this year’s especially dry circumstances, we recommend a good deep watering to the site every 7 to 10 days — at least through this warm and windy spell. Watch the seedlings closely; if you see signs of wilting or discoloration, then apply deeper and more frequent watering until they stabilize.  

The response of seedlings at each of the 50 Wildflowering L.A. sites will vary. Watch your meadow and get to know how the seedlings are responding to this special weather period. In the process, you’ll be brought closer to your garden and to the natural world as it responds to our unique climate.  

If the dry weather continues through spring, your wildflower meadows will boast a much showier and longer bloom if they continue to receive a deep watering every week or so. Regular irrigation will also increase the chances of a healthy seed set, ensuring that the wildflowers come back in good number next year. 

Keep in mind that even if you are watering every 7 to 10 days, you’re still using MUCH less water than a thirsty exotic lawn would require to stay green during this drought!

Posted by Genny Arnold, Theodore Payne Foundation