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Crescent Farm: See what the buzz is about at the Arboretum

  • Alternative to California poppies attract pollinators like bees. It's all part of creating a healthy, natural landscape.
    California poppies attract pollinators like bees. It's all part of creating a healthy, natural landscape.
  • Alternative to Toad flax is pretty and also drought-tolerant.
    Toad flax is pretty and also drought-tolerant.
  • Alternative to Palm trees tower over Clarkia flowers, part of the farm's uniquely Southern California landscaping.
    Palm trees tower over Clarkia flowers, part of the farm's uniquely Southern California landscaping.
  • Alternative to Interpretive horticulturist Leigh Adams plants Achillea millefolium “Paprika.”
    Interpretive horticulturist Leigh Adams plants Achillea millefolium “Paprika.”
  • Alternative to Water-saving plants go into the ground as the farmscape takes root.
    Water-saving plants go into the ground as the farmscape takes root.
  • Alternative to Arroyo lupine blooms amid the poppies.
    Arroyo lupine blooms amid the poppies.
  • Alternative to Interpretive horticulturist Yara Herrarte atop a water-saving mound called a ‘Hugel.’
    Interpretive horticulturist Yara Herrarte atop a water-saving mound called a ‘Hugel.’
  • Alternative to The moisture-retaining ‘Hugels’ are made from wood debris from trees lost during the 2011 windstorms .
    The moisture-retaining ‘Hugels’ are made from wood debris from trees lost during the 2011 windstorms .
  • Alternative to Artist Adrienne Wade paints the rocks along the water-collecting bioswale.
    Artist Adrienne Wade paints the rocks along the water-collecting bioswale.
  • Alternative to Kurapia makes a spongy groundcover and could be a good substitute for grass.
    Kurapia makes a spongy groundcover and could be a good substitute for grass.
  • Alternative to Sunflowers show their faces on a spring day at the farm.
    Sunflowers show their faces on a spring day at the farm.
  • Alternative to Worms are a sign of a healthy garden, and the farm's composting keeps them happy.
    Worms are a sign of a healthy garden, and the farm's composting keeps them happy.
  • Alternative to Interpretive horticulturist John Latsko adds some finishing touches before the grand opening.
    Interpretive horticulturist John Latsko adds some finishing touches before the grand opening.
  • Alternative to Guests stroll through the one-acre farm. It may be small but it has a big ambition: reimagining the L.A. landscape.
    Guests stroll through the one-acre farm. It may be small but it has a big ambition: reimagining the L.A. landscape.
  • Alternative to Leigh Adams, Yara Herrarte, Jill Morganelli  and John Latsko take a laughter break.
    Leigh Adams, Yara Herrarte, Jill Morganelli and John Latsko take a laughter break.

Growing the future


Los Angeles County’s Arboretum & Botanic Garden has bountiful attractions across its 127 acres, from towering trees to preening peacocks. Now it’s grown a new one: Crescent Farm

The farm showcases modern and ancient water conservation practices—but it’s far from drab. This gallery of photographs offers a vivid sneak peek at a colorful spread that has visitors—of both the human and insect varieties—buzzing.

Crescent Farm may be small; it was created on just one acre of land formerly devoted to lawn. But its aspirations are huge: no less than helping us reimagine the Los Angeles landscape in a period when “water is the greatest factor that defines the scenery of our lives.” The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007. 

 


Photos / Los Angeles County..