Announcing Wildflowering L.A.

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