Magazine article Sunset

A Garden to Celebrate

Magazine article Sunset

A Garden to Celebrate

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* Rarely in my experience have I been part of a collaborative effort-and a long-term one at that-that not only has been a pleasure to be involved in from the first day but also has had so gratifyingly successful an outcome.

The preview party for the last of the gardens in the Sunset Magazine Demonstration Garden at the Arboretum of Los Angeles County in Arcadia took place on a warm December day. The event was attended by arboretum chief executive officer Peter Atkins, landscape designers who had donated their talents for the individual home gardens here, contributors of hundreds of hours of time and countless dollars' worth of materials, the arboretum board and employees, mayors, the press, and Sunset staff members.

Though the eight other gardens at our 11/2-acre site were completed last July, the capstone of the project, the Celebration Garden, was a major effort that took longer. it is the public space where demonstrations of gardening techniques, lectures, concerts, and even weddings can be held. …

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