Created in 2015 during the worst drought in California's history, Crescent Farm at the L.A. Arboretum has become a popular demonstration garden for new and traditional water saving strategies that include lawn reduction, drought tolerant plants and ground coverings. Crescent was transformed from a nutrition-starved, compacted lawn to a vibrant regenerative landscape through topographical changes designed to conserve and infiltrate water, build healthy soil and create rich, biodiverse habitat.
Using topography, wood debris and mulch, we can actually save water and capture the rain that normally runs-off our landscapes.
To understand how a garden thrives, we must turn our attention to the soil. Every conversation at the Crescent includes an evaluation of soil health.
We consider people as essential in the Crescent as healthy soil. We attract a fascinating crew of volunteers and have opportunities for young and old alike. It is with their help that Crescent Farm shines.
Habitat is the available healthy circumstances for a creature. That health depends on the right assembly of resources that guarantees an animal’s success. That collection normally includes food, water and a safe nesting place.
Crescent Farm offers the opportunity to view a variety of low water horticulture. All our plants are adapted to drought conditions and you can choose the ones that best fit your garden aesthetic or culinary uses.
At just-under an acre, ‘The Crescent’ was transformed through topographical changes (alterations to the contour of the landscape) designed to infiltrate water, build healthy soil and create rich, biodiverse habitat.