UCLA has continued to transition away from non-native plants to drought tolerant native plants as part of the university’s efforts to reduce potable water use 36% by 2025. As the demand for native plants in campus landscaping increases, UCLA has a unique opportunity to build its first native plant nursery. The SAR Native Plant Nursery team will research the current need for a native plant nursery on campus and the logistics of starting this nursery at UCLA. The team will create a tentative budget and proposal for a plant nursery located at the Facilities Yard near Sunset Recreation Center. Students will survey similar native plant nurseries in the Los Angeles area to determine the driving factors for success in these nurseries. After examining the Facilities Yard, students will work with UCLA Landscaping to create a plan for a UCLA native plant nursery, determining what resources are needed to create and sustain the nursery. The team will also determine how to best propagate these plants and create a guide for Facilities Management staff on how to care for the plants.
Top Row, Left to Right: Derica Su, Julia Wu, David Park
Bottom Row, Left to Right: Melissa Morales, Audrey Choong, Mia Rosati
Stakeholder: Stephanie Landregan (Program Director of UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and Gardening, Landscape Architect)
Advisor: Justin Wisor (Director of Custodial and Grounds) and Bonny Bentzin (Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer)