This site began as a resource to support 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo attendees registered to tour authentic Los Angeles gardens. The site originally featured three public gardens: The New Look for LA at Descanso Gardens, The Authentic Foothill Gardens at Sierra Madre City Hall, and The (Drought Tolerant) Gardens of the World at La Canada Library, as well as an award-winning residential garden.
Now that Greenbuild has moved on, we hope this site can continue to serve the green building community and Los Angeles. To that end, we’ve added more authentic gardens to the site, including the Senator Carol Liu Legacy Garden at Pinewood Elementary and the Sustainable Innovation award-winning Santa Monica Conservancy Shotgun House Coastal Garden, the City of Sierra Madre’s Authentic Foothill Gardens. We’ve also added resources for those hoping to create authentic gardens of their own.
We are hopeful this site, and the public gardens themselves, continue to generate understanding of LA’s authentic, lush, leafy, low-water aesthetic and how it can save our beloved city, inspiring greater ecological, economic and social resilience.