There are a ton of plans for the Los Angeles River and its riverbanks, but does Los Angeles have enough native plants to fulfill this ambitious green dream? Maybe. My conversation with Ellen Mackey was enlightening. It gave me a chance to look at something I'd never before considered: the market dynamics of native plants.
|Scalebroom at the Tujunga Wash | Photo: Justin Cram/KCET Departures|
Los Angeles River revitalization has been a buzzword for a couple of years now. Its popularity has only heightened as plans were announced to restore the ecology of an 11-mile stretch on the Los Angeles River last year.
The azure and verdant photographs and renderings might be enthralling to some, but to Mackey and her colleagues it also represents a challenge. "How does one put that many seeds on the ground?" [read more]