LA Fire Wise Gardens

The Sunland-Tujunga community at the far north east of the San Fernando Valley experiences high, dry heat and is wrapped in fire-prone foothills. The community has taken steps to mitigate its fire danger.

In addition to the rewilding of the Sunland Welcome Nature Garden, the garden at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 74 models an optimally fire-wise landscape aesthetic and beautifies an industrial segment of Foothill Boulevard. The highly sloped garden includes a young native oak, a dry river to direct water, and a mix of low-maintenance, fire-wise native foliage.

The garden was then-sixteen year old Travis Whitcomb’s Eagle Scout project. Whitcomb noticed the barren area and committed to providing the fire fighters with a beautiful, easy to maintain space. He also aimed to provide the Sunland-Tujunga community with a model for fire-wise landscaping. Whitcomb harnessed the goodwill of community members from throughout Sunland-Tujunga, including FormLA Landscaping, to design and install the garden.

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