Along South Baldwin, two planted areas are separated the center staircase. While established trees cover the area, they are deciduous and diaphanous, offering little shade. Designers chose native foliage that can take direct sun; enjoy high, dry heat; and root deeply to help maintain the slight slope.
Lead volunteers Bob Spears and Jim Walsworth added beautiful infrastructure to the space, adding a custom modern bench to hide irrigation controls and offer a shaded place to rest near the post office doors. They also constructed the rock border at the base of each garden.
See the Mariposa Shade Garden on the other side of the structure, learn more about the garden’s features and creation, or understand the garden’s impact on Sierra Madre’s fire safety and water independence.