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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Spring 2017

In the spring of 2017, with two years of growth and a year of adequate rain, the New Look for LA is really strutting its stuff!


Photos by Lesly Hall Photography

Winter 2016 in the Center Circle

The New Look for LA stays lush, leafy and vibrant year round. As the foliage chosen is authentic to the area or from one of the five LA-climate compatible regions of the country, the garden established quickly. These photos were taken during the winter of 2015-2016, less than one year after installation.

Photos by Orly Olivier

Installation April 2015

See photos of the garden at the time of its installation in the Los Angeles Times, the La Canada Valley SunPasadena Star News, MSN. See in-garden interviews with Descanso Gardens leaders and FormLA Landscaping designers on ABC and CBS.


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