Dear L.A., you may have noticed the Wildflowering L.A. signs popping up around town, but today it is official, as we announce the 50 sites sowed with our custom native Wildflowering L.A. seed mixes across the county. Check out the map of locations and stream of posts and photos coming in. Please hashtag us at #wildfloweringla to contribute to our coverage.
Deep in the heart of industrial L.A., east of Downtown, across the Los Angeles River, lies a refuge of welcoming culture at South 356 Mission Road. Known only by its address, 356 Mission is home to events, exhibitions, artist studios, and an Ooga Booga outpost. It is also home to the most extreme Wildflowering L.A. site (Site #23). See the first chapter of their sowing saga.
A favorite L.A. blog has stumbled across the first of our signs and posted a story.
Today we begin the drive around L.A. County to install the Wildflowering L.A. signs on the 50 selected project sites. It will probably take seven days, taking us from Topanga to Pomona, Lancaster to Palos Verdes. But today we begin in the central hotbed of Northeast L.A., where a remarkable number of the sites are located, including Atwater Village, Mount Washington, Highland Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, and Eagle Rock. If you live in this area, there is probably a Wildflowering L.A. field coming near you soon.
Today is our deadline for project participants to sow their seeds. In some cases, this was preceded by strenuous site preparation, like weeding and lawn removal.
Today we had our last public workshop to meet individually with L.A. County residents who want to wildflower their open land. We looked at photos and maps of each prospective plot, confirmed that it was sunny and visible enough, and that the owners were prepared for the work involved. Those who were confirmed met with Genny or Lili from the Theodore Payne Foundation for a personal site-specific wildflower sowing consultation, followed by a group seed sowing demo, before finally receiving their seeds carefully measured for their exact plot size.
A story by LAND posted on GOOD today.
An open call throughout L.A. County for apartment complexes, businesses, child care centers, churches, community centers, hospitals, hotels, offices buildings, schools, senior centers, shopping malls, stores, vacant lots, and more with publicly visible open land ready for some seasonal, colorful, wild, beautiful reconsideration.
Wildflowering L.A. brings a wild and beautiful seasonal native landscape to 50 sites selected from an open call based on public visibility and distribution across the county. Owners of selected sites are given free native wildflower seed mixes at workshops in partnership with the Theodore Payne Foundation. Soil preparation, seeding, and wildflower tending are demonstrated, and one of four custom wildflower seed mixes is prescribed – Coastal, Flatlands, Hillside, and Roadside – inspired by Reyner Banham’s 1971 book, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. Each of the participating sites is officially identified with a prominent carved wood sign. The project culminates with an exhibition in spring 2014.
Interested in participating?
- You should have ownership of an open plot of land (or permission from the owner to plant) that is sunny and completely visible from a public street.
- Seeds are provided for areas from 500 to 2000 square feet.
- A 3′ by 5′ wood sign is installed on each site by the project team after the seeds are planted by the owners in November.
- Each site will be identified on a published map, and photographed before and after for the spring exhibition.
- Please email a photo of the site taken from the street or public viewing spot and the complete address for consideration.
Public workshop dates:
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 11am-5pm
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11am-5pm
Rancho Cienega Recreation Center
5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016