The Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist is on a large corner property in Brentwood. The buildings are striking, mid-20th century prominent fixtures of the neighborhood. Nearly 14,000 square feet of turf grass with some dated, miscellaneous plantings around the edges did not serve the property very well. A member of the church left a bequest to remove the thirsty lawn and replace it with a new drought-tolerant garden. The budget available allowed us to remove only half of the lawn so far. The newly installed plants were babies when they were first put in the ground and they’ve grown quickly to fill in the space with a lush, colorful and highly textural tapestry that nicely sets off the clean and stark lines of the church and adjacent reading room. The landscape is now alive with pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Photos by @LauraFordPhotos