Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wildflower project takes root in Echo Park

Wildflowering site No. 19 in Echo Park/Mary-Austin Klein

Come spring, more than 50 empty lots and other sites across Los Angeles County will be blooming with a mix of native wildflowers courtesy of an art project. One of those lots happens to be in Echo Park, where a Wildflowering L.A. sign – which resembles those rustic state park signs – has popped up on a lot on Park Drive. In partnership with Los Angeles Nomadic Division, an arts group, and The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, the project conceived by artist Fritz Haeg will showcase the subtle beauty of native wildflowers and also help dispel the notion that L.A. has no seasons. Haeg explains more on the Nomadic Division website:

Long-anticipated early winter rains germinate seeds that have been lying in wait, buried in dry soils from the low coasts to the high deserts, from the valley flats to the mountain slopes. Gradual growth with cool temperatures and low sun through winter months give way to an early spring explosion of bright green and rainbow color. The story of the seasons is told by the timing and extent of the bloom in direct proportion to the rainfall, temperatures, and climate. The plants turn a crisp golden brown as the dry summer months return, and the flowers prepare to broadcast their seeds for next year’s story.

The lots will be seeded with a mixture of wildflowers and native plants in the fall, with an exhibition planned for the spring. The 50 sites will eventually be mapped on on the Nomadic Division website. The lot on Park Drive will sprout wildflowers from a “Hillside Mix” that includes the following plants:

  • Clarkia amoena (farewell-to-spring)
  • Clarkia unguiculata (elegant clarkia)
  • Eschscholzia californica (California poppy)
  • Gilia capitata (globe Gilia) Layia platyglossa (tidy tips)
  • Linum lewisii (blue flax)
  • Lupinus succulentus (arroyo lupine)
  • Mentzelia lindleyi (blazing star)
  • Lasthenia californica (goldfields)
  • Phacelia minor (California bluebell)
  • Phacelia tanacetifolia (lacy phacelia)

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  1. This WFO! (Wide Freakin Open)!!!

    Wonderful project, great idea. Park Drive is the coolest and best street in Echo Park and deserves this!!!

  2. Matthew Castellanos

    Thats awesome.

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