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Storm-damaged L.A. arboretum to reopen Dec. 26

December 23, 2011 |  8:07 am

Richard Schulhof, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden CEO
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden will reopen to the public on Monday, Dec. 26, about three weeks after Santa Ana winds toppled more than 100 trees on the 127-acre Arcadia site. The arboretum has been closed since Dec. 1 because of hazardous conditions caused by the debris.

"Thanks to the hard work of arboretum staff and volunteers, joined by workers from across Los Angeles County, we are able to reopen ahead of schedule," Richard Schulhof, the arboretum's chief executive, said in a statement. "As many of you know, these holiday weeks are among the best to visit the arboretum and enjoy nature's beauty."

In an interview with The Times immediately after the storm, Schulhof said some sections of the gardens may be reconceived to reflect "how people can create landscaping in harmony with Southern California." All of the damaged and destroyed trees have been shredded and composted and will be spread on the grounds.

The Arboretum Tree Fund was started on the arboretum's website. More than 100 people have donated a total of nearly $20,000 to the replanting effort.

-- Lisa Boone


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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