A native wildflower seed sowing initiative at 50 highly visible sites throughout LA by artist Fritz Haeg.
#44 – Lincoln Heights – 478 E. Avenue 28, Los Angeles 90031
From March to June 2014 you can take a tour to view the sites with the best displays which include homes, churches, schools, botanic gardens, public parks, vacant lots, and even a U.S. post office.
#23 – Boyle Heights – 356 Mission/Ooga Booga, 356 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles 90033
In this very industrial part of the city, the lack of seed germination might have been caused by contaminated soil and oil, gas, chemical runoff from the street.
#34 – Awater Village – 3211 Minneapolis Street, Los Angeles 90039
I saw the wildflowers at this site but couldn’t find the sign due to the overgrowth. After a few minutes of searching I was finally able to make out a small portion of the wooden sign and cleared the flowers around it to make it visible for future visitors.
#26 – Silver Lake – Griffith Park Boulevard and Lyric Avenue, Los Angeles 90039
BLOOM RATING: LOW / Bubeshko Apartments, R.M. Schindler / MARCH REPORT: “gophers”
#33 – Angelino Heights – 850 Laguna Avenue, Los Angeles 90026
BLOOM RATING: LOW / PEAKED mid-March / site located midway up public steps, on south side / MARCH REPORT: “lots of tall looking healthy clarkias, tidy tips…lupine and cal poppies are struggling at edges and not growing.
Even the dogs got involved in the search in Elysian Park.
#19 – Elysian Park – 1855 Park Drive, Los Angeles 90026
A prominent carved wood sign, inspired by state and federal park signage, identifies each site which range in size from 500 to 2000 square feet.
#02 – Atwater Village – 4126 Edenhurst Avenue, Los Angeles 90039
#12 – Glassell Park – 3115 Cazador Street, Los Angeles 90065
#24 – Mt Washington – 436 Mt. Washington Drive, Los Angeles 90065
#35 – Mt Washington – 4015 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles 90065
#11 – Mt Washington – 4527 Otay Drive, Los Angeles 90065
BLOOM RATING: LOW / very remote hillside up long dirt road / MARCH REPORT: “The lupin seems to have peeked already. The very tall small yellow flowers are abundant.
#06 – Mt Washington – 1701 Winmar Drive, Los Angeles 90065
#04 – Cypress Park – 3132 Isabel Drive, Los Angeles 90065
#27 – Eagle Rock – 4237 Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles 90065
#38 – Highland Park – 4221 & 4225 York Boulevard, Los Angeles 90065
#03 – Eagle Rock Elementary School – 4900 block of Maywood Avenue, Los Angeles 90041
MARCH REPORT: “There was near tragedy and a wonderful hero in the story of our wildflower meadow. After winter break, and fortunately during a recess when students were playing near by a district gardener (not our school’s regular one) took it upon himself to start keeping the grass “under control”.The gardener was besieged by 15 impassioned 5th graders who had sowed, cared for & watered the meadow. But one student, angered by this transgression actually placed himself in the line of the weed-wacker and refused to move until the gardener left the site.”
#46: Highland Park – 6255 Annan Way, Poppy Peak, Los Angeles 90042
BLOOM RATING: LOW / PEAKING: EARLY APRIL / site is located on the open slope at the end of Annan Way, and below Poppy Peak Drive / MARCH REPORT: “Some tender seedlings are coming up in a small spot but there still only an inch high at best…April 5 best day to come.”
#01 – Silver Lake
2625 Adelbert Avenue, Los Angeles 90039
Hillside above public street / MARCH REPORT: “surviving plants are in clumps, mainly clarkias and phacelias.
#25: West Adams – 2821 West View St, Los Angeles 90016
BLOOM RATING: EXCELLENT / PEAKING: EARLY APRIL / residential front lawn / MARCH REPORT: small walking path built for access to neighborhood cherry tree
#31: West Adams – 2932 S Harcourt Ave, Los Angeles 90016
BLOOM RATING: EXCELLENT / PEAKING: LATE MARCH? / residential front lawn and parkway, visible from street
#42: Baldwin Hills – 5430 Sanchez Dr, Los Angeles 90008
BLOOM RATING: EXCELLENT / PEAKING: APRIL / site is a sloping front yard / MARCH REPORT: “we have some bald spots and some very full spots, we started late in December, so I am guessing we are about a month behind”
#41: Westchester – Villanova St, Los Angeles 90045
BLOOM RATING: Good / PEAKING: MID APRIL / front lawn adjacent to elementary school where children have delighted in and payed much attention to the project!
#05: Pasadena – 275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena 91105
BLOOM RATING: EXCELLENT / Arlington Garden Pasadena, located in the central field / MARCH REPORT: “lupine are starting to fade, but there still many flowers, the tidy tips are up and at ’em, the goldfields are flowering though not numerous, a few Facelia are beginning to flower, and clarkia are starting to show….peak display is pretty near…” / PEAKING: March – Early/Mid
#13: Pasadena – Westridge School, 324 Madeline Dr, Pasadena 91105
BLOOM RATING: EXCELLENT / PEAKING: EARLY APRIL / site is located at the SW corner of the campus, along the sidewalk on W State Street near the corner of S Orange Blvd. / MARCH REPORT: “this garden is shaded a good deal of the day by the large oak… For that reason, the east end of the patch is weeks behind the west end which is just starting to show color other than the layia…garden was planted by 7th girls at Westridge in one of their Action Groups designed to provide community service.”