Fairy Yardmother Landscape Design

by Kathy Oberg, Landscape Designer, Los Angeles, CA.
FairyYardmother[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you for visiting my site. I enjoy bringing you pictures of gardens, plants, and ideas from sunny Southern California. I love sharing after-photos that show how my landscape plans, plant lists and layouts come to life.
As a designer, I use plants to create drama, provide color and form, and compliment the architectural style of your home.
I strive to provide a buffer from sun, street, and neighbors while still fostering connections.
Inspired plant choices and site layout can make any space a success.
I am a Certified Watershed Wise Professional, with techniques to improve soil health and keep more water on your property.
I can help you makeover your patio, paths, planting areas, or entire property. I will consult with you, choose a look you love, and compose a plan and plant list to update your landscape, re-using what you already have wherever we can.
Each project is different because it is about making your space really shine.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Los Angeles Historic State Park (The Cornfield)

NorthEast of Downtown L.A. and at the far edge of Chinatown is a park that has a long history.
The future of the site is pictured in the links available here. A complex plan is in place for a public park with a Cafe, Water Features, and Interpretive Gardens that attempt to tell the story of the history of the site.
The past includes a long incarnation as a railroad yard, from the 1870's until 1992, when the property was sold to the State of California. Before the 1870's the general area of the site was a settlement. People were probably attracted by the LA River and the Arroyo, which meet near this site, and were able to grow crops in the area.
In the recent past, the area has been quite industrial, and not very inviting. Public Park space is desperately needed in this part of Los Angeles.

Right now, there is a temporary public park space on one end of the site. One of its most striking features are the number of short walls or Gabions made from recycled glass in metal mesh.




I like the repeated circles at the site, which remind one of the Railroad turntables that used to be part of the railroad yard.

View East

I enjoy interacting with the oceans of Deer Grass at the site.


Here, a wooden pier allows one to enter the Deer Grass, as if walking over a body of water.




The line of recycled glass walls echoes the old boundary of The Pacific Hotel, which served the Railroad Station over 100 years ago.


I hope they plan to reuse the trees that have been planted since 2005, whenever they begin new construction on the final plan.

View West

In 2005, the East side of the site was turned into an art installation titled, "not a Cornfield" by artist, Lauren Bon.

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