Summer colors and textures
Summer colors and textures

Native pollinator garden, NHM

Dazzling colors
Dazzling colors

Elymus 'Canyon Prince with Clarkia and Layia; Pollinator Garden at NHM

Life in the seams
Life in the seams

Cloak fern (Cheilanthes covillei) in the Living Wall, Nature Gardens at NHM.

Summer colors and textures
Summer colors and textures

Native pollinator garden, NHM

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 

As Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum, my job was to insure that the gardens fulfilled their intended purpose – providing habitat for wildlife and serving as a field site to study urban biodiversity. My horticultural team tended the gardens using sustainable practices. We routinely assessed plant health and monitored the satellite-linked irrigation system to insure maximum water efficiency. The gardeners used hand tools, electric power equipment, organic fertilizers and compost tea made onsite. Integrated pest management strategies kept pests in check and only organic pest control products were used if necessary. Since change is a constant in any garden, plant compositions were adjusted over time. Using the original design concepts of Studio MLA as reference, plant choices were based upon ecological fitness for the site, wildlife habitat value, proper size, and aesthetics.