Berkeley Hall School is a private school on a stunning 60 acre campus in the hills off of Mulholland Drive.
Some time ago we tackled the planting areas around the administration and library building. The goal was to make the “front door” to the campus more beautiful and more sustainable. The turf lawn in front of the building was replaced with a sedge meadow. A new “dry creek” drainage swale was added to slow and collect rainwater. The creek is surrounded by flowering plants that provide food and shelter to small wildlife such as butterflies and birds. Water-wise plants were included around the building and now add some height, texture and color to the previously empty planting beds.
The campus is blessed with beautiful mature oak and sycamore trees, as well as other non-native trees. The community of students, faculty and staff take great pride in their school and its magnificent setting. They are wonderful stewards of this special piece of Los Angeles. The students are fortunate to have teachers who use the campus as an outdoor classroom where they can connect to nature and and experience environmental- and eco-systems first hand.