Part Johnny Appleseed and part '60s-style love-in, a recently launched project called Wildflowering LA is in the process of planting 50 wildflower gardens around Los Angeles County. According to the the project's website, the plantings will bring "wild and beautiful seasonal native landscape to open plots of land" between 500 and 2,000 square feet; they're set to bloom in Spring 2014. Site selection, instructional workshops, and planting work has already begun, but there is still praying for rain and Instagramming left to do. The project is the work of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division and the Theodore Payne Foundation, with direction by artist Fritz Haeg, and it's intended to bring attention to the natural beauty of the region's seasonal processes (yes, for the millionth time, we have them). According to Haeg, "the story of the native wildflowers of Los Angeles is more complex, nuanced, localized, and ever-changing" than the non-native planting that dominates the Southern California landscape.
Participating plots will be planted in one of four seed mixes (inspired by Reyner Banham's 1971 book, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies): Coastal, Flatlands, Hillside, or Roadside. The exhibition will culminate in Spring 2014, but the exact timing will depend on such die ex machina as rainfall and temperature. Participating parcels will be identified by large wooden signs, a map of all the parcels, and, of course, #wildfloweringla.
· Wildflowering LA [Official Site]