While waiting on its landscape starchitecture, Santa Monica held a contest to design three sustainable demonstration gardens for a plot of land it owns next to Santa Monica Airport. The city picked nine finalists and the public voted for three winners, announced today.
The LA Times says that "Before constructing the gardens, Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment will be challenging irrigation manufacturers to come up with efficient watering systems for the plans. After a panel of experts judges the irrigation designs in July, construction of the gardens will proceed later this year." Anyone can download the designs for use in their own backyards, and the city will refer landscapers and ask local nurseries to carry the plants of the winning designs.
· Santa Monica announces winners of contest to design sustainable demonstration gardens [LAT]
· Airport Demonstration Gardens Design Contest Poll [City of Santa Monica]