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Norton Avenue Traffic Island in Bloom

Norton Avenue Traffic Island in bloom, the island was planted last year.
Norton Avenue traffic island, planted last year, is now in bloom.

The Norton Avenue traffic island is in full bloom, creating a small wildflower field in the midst of a very busy traffic intersection at Norton Avenue and Sixth Street. Planted just last year, as you can see from photos taken by the Buzz last year, the small space is now brimming with colorful native plants, a stately live oak tree and wildlife.

Thanks for this colorful respite, literally an island in a sea of asphalt, go to the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society, the Windsor Square Association, and Cheryl Lerner, Norton Avenue neighbor and garden designer and Scott Goldstein, chair of the Windsor Square Canopy, for the design and planting. Be sure to take notice when you drive by – you may even want to slow down!

Close up view of the colorful native plants in the Norton Avenue Traffic island.
Close up view of the colorful native plants in the Norton Avenue traffic island.

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 This story was updated to correct Scott Goldstein’s title as chair of the Windsor Square Canopy. 

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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  1. Just for the record: *Current* chair of Windsor Square Canopy, and not “Street Tree Committee.”

    My wife, daughter and son, went out under the cover of night at the first rain of the season and planted the seeds, both at the Norton Triangle and the Larchmont Median. the Norton Triangle bloomed first because it has more exposure, less shade. I am hoping we will see something similar in the coming weeks on Larchmont!

  2. We too guerrilla planted this island with California natives, under cover of night. And we did it for three-years running with historic seed mixes from well-known native nursery! Seems many minds had the same idea–and many hands worked this flourishing garden.


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