There’s a new garden area to check out in DTLA. Okay, it’s not as big as Grand Park or the Los Angels State Historic Park. It’s not as lush as Vista Hermosa Park, nor is it as nice as the hidden gardens at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but the new California Friendly Demonstration Gardens at the John Ferraro Building are worth visiting.
The LADWP removed more than 15,000 square feet of grass around the building and replaced it with “Califorina friendly” drought-tolerant landscaping. The change has resulted in a 92% annual reduction in water used for irrigation. The gardens are split in two sections. The northern garden has a Mediterranean theme with a colorful, abundant diversity of plants from Mediterranean climates like Southern California. The southern garden has a Southwest theme that incorporates succulents and low water use flowering perennials.
The new gardens are small, but worth visiting next time you are in the area. While you are there, take a walk around the building’s water, fountain and sculpture features. Be sure to take in the awesome view of the DTLA skyline from the south side of the building.
John Ferraro Building 111 No. Hope Street (across from the Music Center)