California gardens join list of endangered spaces

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Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Los Angeles’ Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is being listed among the nation’s endangered landscapes by the nonprofit Cultural Landscape Foundation.

The Japanese garden has become the focus of a legal dispute. It was given to the University of California Los Angeles in 1964 by former regent Edward W. Carter. But the school listed the property for sale this year without notifying Carter’s heirs.

Also on the list is Fern Dell in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The 90-year-old landscape blends natural and manmade features as a unique public fern garden. Regular maintenance ended in the 1970s.

In Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, Jack London Lake also made the list. The Foundation says the California State Park has sunk into decline with a leaking dam and has been slated for closure. A private group secured a contract to operate the park this year and is working to raise money for restoration.

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