The vertical garden wall at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, LAPCA, near La Placita Olvera in downtown LA, is a place I visit frequently on the way to the office. In fact, I stop by so often that the on-site security guards eye me nervously some mornings, wondering, I’m sure, what the hell I’m looking at. I don’t bother to tell them I love tracking how the wall’s succulents and grasses have changed — waxed and waned — since I first posted about them in August last year (read here). 10 months along and some spots are now threadbare; plant material that filled those spaces has dried and died, exposing the wall’s plastic grid support and planting pockets. Vertical gardens are mysterious sometimes, keeping their structural secrets well-hidden, so I quite enjoy this behind-the-scenes peek.
Approached from the side, the wall appears lushly full — of color, texture, pattern and movement. It’s a sight that never fails to give me a boost, no matter how hazy the skies are and how much work awaits.