At the link below, you can listen to Which Way LA? on KCRW which featured a program this evening on the UCLA Japanese
Garden. Guests are Martha Groves of the
LA Times, R. Michael Rich – research astronomer, and EVC Scott Waugh. The program does not have anyone from the
Carter family or background on the source of the original gift. It runs about 10 minutes at the beginning of the link below.
UCLA's position is that it would like to see the garden preserved but wants to sell it. No guarantee is made, however, that the sale would be to some preservation group.
The lack of ready public access is given as the prime reason for the sale.