Trees of South Central Farm Bearing Fruit At Huntington
The 110 trees removed by Farmlab for safekeeping from the site of the former South Central Farm (SCF) are generally doing well in their new, temporary home at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botantical Gardens.
Some of the trees are bearing fruits and vegetables again, depending on their seasonal cycles. Green apples, for example, are re-emerging. And familiar oblong yellow, acidic foodstuffs were seen dropping from branch to grass last week among the five citrus lemon trees that survived the SCF bulldozing.
Guavas make up the largest percentage of relocated SCF trees. This flora, along with the avocado trees, was hit particularly hard by last winter's San Marino frost -- temperatures at the Huntington fell to 18-degrees Fahrenheit. Heaters and blankets were brought in at the time, and a Huntington arborist tells Farmlab that while the guavas won't bear fruit this cycle, they didn't perish.
In a nice piece of Farmlab / Under Spring / Not A Cornfield meets the Huntington symmetry, a Farmlab colleague reports seeing marigolds growing at the base of some of the former SCF trees. These colorful beauties played a significant role in the Cornhenge metabolic monument, as well as La Ofrenda ceremonies and programming.
The trees, which are boxed, are not on official display at the institution, but are visible at their location adjacent to the Children's Garden.
For a complete list of the type and quantity of the 110 trees at the Huntington, click here.