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06-Carthay Rewilding and Renewal



Saturday April 15 | 10am - 5PM

Private Residence

Design & Care: Alex Hall (resident)

Garden Size: 6,000 sq. ft., front/back

Started: 2015

In contrast to many other native gardens, the design has strong formal elements to complement the house’s traditional architecture. A tightly clipped lemonade berry hedge encloses the front garden. In the back, the garden is organized around a linear axis terminated by a sculpture as a focal point. But within these formal structures beats the garden’s wild heart. Plants were initially selected to mimic the diversity, texture, and fragrances of the chaparral. The species that do well have been allowed to naturalize, including a profusion of buckwheats and spring wildflowers.

Notable Plants
Engelmann Oak

California Copperleaf (Acalypha californica)
Lester Rowntree Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ‘Lester Rowntree’)
Bright Green Dudleya (Dudleya virens ssp. hassei)
Island Buckwheat Hybrid (Eriogonum x blissianum)
Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii)

Thank you to the following contributors for making this podcast possible:
Host Evan Meyer
Guest Dr. Alex Hall
Producer, Sound Design, and Mixing Gustavo Garcia
Composer Richard Houghten 
Executive Producer Marie Astrid González

Elements of a Garden celebrates the hidden meaning within our gardens — how each element is nested within something larger: a seed, a plant, a garden, an ecosystem. Join UCLA climate scientist and native plant gardener Dr. Alex Hall and TPF Executive Director Evan Meyer to explore a single garden within the deeper context of environmental and cultural forces shaping our changing planet.

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