For our fifth Making LA program, we’re excited to tour artist Fritz Haeg’s Wildflowering L.A. project, commissioned and organized by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), which has sowed 50 yards across LA with native plants.
In October 2013, LAND and Fritz Haeg placed an open call looking for 50 Angelenos with a plot of land that is 500 to 2,000 square feet, sunny, and completely visible from a public street. Participants were given personalized advice on soil preparation, seeding, and wildflower tending by experts at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, who also created and provided four custom seed mixes—Hillside, Roadside, Coastal and Flatlands—inspired by architecture critic Reyner Banham’s 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. Following lawn removal and seed sowing undertaken independently by each location, all sites were identified with a prominent carved wood sign inspired by classic national park signage. Now 50 sites throughout the city are in full bloom, and we’ll be visiting three of them, thanks to the hospitality of these gracious homeowners.
We’ll begin our tour at Wildflowering L.A. Site 44 and will be touring two additional sites in the Northeast LA area. These locations will be selected the week of the event based on what’s blooming. The sites will all be within a few miles of this first location, and will be drivable or bikeable. After the site visits, we’ll be ending at a bar in the area to talk more about the project—this location will also be announced the week of the event, so be sure to RSVP to get more information via email.
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