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L.A. County Arboretum assesses damage from windstorm

December 6, 2011 | 10:31 am

Richard Schulhof
On Friday we had the early damage report from the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, which lost some of its trees in the windstorm last week. Today Times staff writer Joe Mozingo has more from the Arcadia park:

The rolling gardens, with duck ponds and glades set among lush stands of trees from around the world, lay in a jagged, splintery mess. Trunks had snapped in half. Boughs as heavy as cars sheered off like bird wishbones.

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The arboretum remains closed until further notice, but Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge and the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, both reported closed in Lisa Boone's earlier report, have since reopened.

Editor's note: Our Global Gardens series, which usually posts on Tuesdays, will return next week. In its place we will have a Q&A with an arborist with advice on post-storm garden triage. Stay tuned.


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Photo: Richard Schulhof, the arboretum's chief executive, stands atop a fallen Eucalyptus globulus, also known as a Tasmanian blue gum. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times