Friday, August 24, 2007

South Coast Botanic Gardens in PV

A carrion flower is blooming at the South Coast Botanic Gardens in Palos Verdes, according to the Daily Breeze: "See the stapelia today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the gardens, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd." There's a $7 admission charge.

The Gardens cover 87 acres and include the standard rose, cactus, children's, herb, and California native plants areas, as well as groves of trees, broad lawns, and even a fuschia garden. Dahlias and hibiscus are also busting out, if carrion flowers and their odors are not your thing.

Boomers in PV know that the South Coast Botanic Gardens were once landfill. For the first half of the 20th century it was an open-pit mine, but in 1961 the County Board of Supervisors OK'd the landfill plan. A brief history is at the Gardens' website. These 'before & after' pics are also from that site.

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