New Sierra Madre City Hall Gardens Reflect Rich History
Location: Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre (Map)
Open: Visible 24×7
The City of Sierra Madre, Sierra Madre Garden Club, the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, and FormLA Landscaping brought the new look of LA landscapes to Sierra Madre City Hall in November 2015. The new public gardens conserve water and beautify the civic center property. The El Nino of 2016 is expected to help the garden quickly establish itself.
The garden reflects a landscape look for LA authentic to the Sierra Madre area. While elevated by the San Gabriel Mountains, Sierra Madre has a Mediterranean climate. Like the rest of LA, it will be dry throughout the year with occasional wet winters. As a foothill community in an alluvial fan, seasonal fires and subsequent slides are of great concern. When systematically used by the community, the Sierra Madre City Hall’s authentic plant palette can improve the resilience of adjacent wildspaces.
In addition to fire resistant and slope saving plants, the garden includes a variety of native edible and medicinal plants. These honor the areas history as an agricultural hub for the largest indigenous population in North America. Birds, butterflies, and native fauna will flock to the gardens, as native foliage provides their most favored sources of food and shelter.