The Cultural Landscape Foundation included the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden on its “Landslide 2012” listing of endangered landscapes which appeared on Nov. 14. As readers of this blog will know, UCLA’s attempt to sell the garden with no guarantee that it will be preserved has been enjoined.
There is a long history which goes back to a gift to UCLA of the garden by former Regents chair Edward Carter with the university promising to maintain the garden in perpetuity. You can find background on this blog by searching under “Japanese Garden.” We have urged the university to sit down with garden supporters and landscape groups rather than pursue litigation. “Mediation” (something one does to avoid court battles) and “meditation” (something one does in a garden) are separated by only a few letters of the alphabet. Perhaps that similarity might be seen as a guide to university legal strategy. And perhaps someone in Murphy Hall might meditate over the mediation suggestion over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Information on the Cultural Landscape Foundation can be found at http://tclf.org/.
The Landslide 2012 listing of endangered sites is at:
The specific listing for the Japanese Garden is at: