Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do
Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials. And did we mention it's a looker? Click through for a preview.
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The largest outdoor gardening event on the West Coast has evolved into a prestigious community gathering, as well as a premier industry event for gardening aficionados and professionals in Southern California and beyond. The event illustrates innovative and environmentally responsible garden design, shares knowledge of “green” gardening practices through workshops, lectures and demonstrations, and provides specialty plants, books and home gardening elements in the Marketplace.
This year’s event is a tribute to the home gardener and will be an active “How to” guide for living a green gardening lifestyle in Southern California. Workshops, Lectures, and demonstrations will range from creating edible gardens to designing with California friendly plants, to composting and making water-wise choices, the LA Garden Show will provide the essentials for the professional and novice home garden.
A wide variety of unique and exotic plants will be available for sale selected by the L.A. County Arboretum curators and will extend from well-known fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables to cacti and succulents, California Natives, and flowering favorites. Plant experts will be on-hand to share information on how to plant and care for plants.
Exhibits designed by renowned Southern California landscape designers will showcase sustainable landscape design to inspire the home gardener.
Each day of the “LA Garden Show” will feature different events and guest speakers to allow for visitors to schedule their attendance according to their specific interests. Visitors will be able to purchase plants and related gardening items at the show.
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