New water-wise plants and trees for Harold A. Henry Park

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

PHOTO above shows the park prior to the plantings and mulch.

NEW PLANTINGS herald the New Year at Harold Henry Park.

MULCH is now added throughout the park.

Visitors to Harold A. Henry Park may notice some fenced- off areas throughout the park, but the fences should be no cause for concern. Instead, great new beginnings are ahead for our beloved park. The fences are protecting new plantings put in by the City of Los Angeles’ Dept. of Recreation and Parks (RAP).

Last renovated in 2015, Harold A. Henry Park, in Windsor Village at Ninth and Plymouth, unveiled its latest transformation with new landscaping that represents a shift in the RAP approach to landscape design as it moves away from the traditional European pastoral landscape design to a more water-wise approach that also values California native flora.

After some wear and tear at the park, Friends of Harold A. Henry Park joined forces to install several new trees and other plant material last year, including some planted right around Thanksgiving.

The new plants include California native, drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants, such as sage and narrow-leaf milkweed. Throughout the park, patrons will find California buckwheat, California brickellbush, chaparral yucca, dasylirion, red flowered buckwheat, mugwort, groundcover sage, salvia (Bee’s Bliss), lantana, and toyons.

The plant palette was a collaborative effort, which also included neighbors Julie Grist (Hancock Park Garden Club), Michael Bernier (Bernier Design Group) and Jose Monge and Juan Villasenor (RAP).
The final plant palette was designed by Craig Raines, landscape architect at RAP.

The new plants will bring not only lots of beauty to the park this upcoming spring, but many pollinators as well. The rich biodiversity of the park will surely please many of its patrons.

By Julie Stromberg, chair of the Friends of Harold A. Henry Park

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