Dustup as UCLA Considers Selling Bel-Air Japanese Garden

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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(Ann Bingley Gallops)

Try selling one Japanese garden, and all hell breaks loose. That’s what UCLA is discovering after announcing plans to sell the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air, which it has owned for more than 50 years, since 1964. The property also contains a lovely Georgian Colonial house and a traditional Japanese tea house.

UCLA claims that the move is necessary due to budget cuts (the site costs over $100,000 a year to maintain, it says), and because the property serves no academic or research purposes. But garden and architecture lovers fear that the site—regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent postwar gardens—will be in jeopardy if it transfers hands. UCLA says it hopes to find a responsible owner. We’ll see how this shakes out.

One Response to “Dustup as UCLA Considers Selling Bel-Air Japanese Garden”

  1. Philipa Caldwell says:

    There is a website that gives all the details about the garden and what would be necessary to keep it going. Here is the link to sign the petition:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-hannah-carter-japanese-garden

    Yelp reviews really give you a sense of the beauty and serenity of this very special place.

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