Posts tagged Theodore Payne

All photos by Seth Babb

All photos by Seth Babb

1922-planRalph Cornell was an early Los Angeles landscape architect and plantsman who left a large mark on Southern California’s landscape. I believe he will be the topic of a number of articles in the foreseeable future. But before we get into who he was, let us begin with one of his projects that has endured and is still here today.

Washington Park was an empty lot and natural stream basin that was turned into a sunken garden by Ralph Cornell and horticulturalist Theodore Payne in 1922. The park is characterized by its grade changes which give the landscape a unique enclosed nature that separates the park from the surrounding area.

Expanded in the 1940s under the WPA, Washington Park was redesigned in 2003 with updated amenities, while retaining the historic nature of the park and its surrounding area. The update included the planting to a largely California native palette with the help of the Theodore Payne Foundation.







The update was completed in 2006, and the planting has fared well in some areas, but not so well in others (most noticeably in the native California plant demonstration garden). But Washington Park remains well used, and an experience you won’t find in the other Pasadena parks designed by Ralph Cornell.


Summer Happenings at the Broad:
Jeff Koons’s metallic balloon animals and the graphic paintings of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein spring to life with an evening of pop music, Footwork, and yoga in the third program in Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at The Broad, titled Bling Bling, Pop Sensibilities. Debuting new solo material for the first time on the West Coast, Rostam (Discovery, producer for Vampire Weekend and various artists) will perform with both contemporary dancers and a string quartet. Joining us digitally via new media performance, Tabita Rezaire and her sisters from the House of SENEB enact a holistic, sonic healing ritual in The Broad’s lobby.
Where: The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
When: Saturday, August 20, 8:30pm

Free Tuesday @ Descanso Gardens:
Who doesn’t like the price of “free”? Admission to Descanso Gardens is free the third Tuesday of every month.
Where: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
When: Tuesday, August 16, 9:00am-5:00pm

Flora Ito, Lost and Re-found: Native Plants of the Los Angeles River:
“In Lost and Re-found: Native Plants of the Los Angeles River with Flora Ito, TPF Nursery Sales Manager, will reveal native plants that once lined the shores of the L.A. River and exotic invaders that now outnumber the natives — then reimagine a new more vibrant native vegetation for our waterway.”
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation – Education Center, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley , CA 91352
When: Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Anne Litt + Edible Gardens LA – Music In The Garden at the NHM:
At Summer Nights in the Garden, unwind under the stars with great music, nature-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks, and National Wildlife Federation’s Director Beth Pratt-Bergstrom signing copies of her new book: When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors
Where: The Natural History Museum
When: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 5:00pm to 9:00pm