Wednesday, May 28, 2014

That's a nice garden. Say, wasn't there another one?

UCLA's other garden
Real estate developer and philanthropist Morton La Kretz gave a $5 million donation to the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden.  The gift is the largest in the garden’s 85-year history.  The donation will be used to construct the La Kretz Garden Pavilion that will house a welcome center and classroom. It will also be used to start an endowment. The pavilion is scheduled to open at the end of 2016.  Last year, La Kretz, a UCLA alumnus, donated $1 million to create a new entrance for the garden. The university has scheduled a grand opening celebration for noon on Monday. The new entrance is located at the corner of Tiverton Avenue and Charles E. Young Drive...

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As blog readers will know, UCLA has been trying to rid itself of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel Air and gotten enmeshed in litigation which blocked the sale.  Yours truly once served on a university committee with Mildred Mathias and is happy to see her garden enhanced.  Maybe with the new university interest in gardens, some better resolution than court decisions can be found for the "other" garden.

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