A place of natural beauty and quiet retreat in the Los Angeles community of Bel-Air, the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is modeled on the gardens of Kyoto. The beautiful hillside garden was designed by noted Japanese garden designer Nagao Sakurai in 1959 and constructed between 1959 and 1961. It is recognized as one of the finest examples of Japanese gardens in America and was donated to the University of California in 1964 by the Carter family with a promise that the garden would not be sold.
In November 2011, UCLA announced plans to sell the garden and it was listed for sale in March 2012, after UCLA removed valuable art objects that are integral to the design of the garden.
A coalition of concerned cultural and preservation organizations—local, state, and national—joined forces to rally support to save the garden. After the coalition exhausted all avenues to open a constructive dialogue with UCLA regarding preserving the garden, Hannah Carter's heirs were left with no alternative other than filing a lawsuit. A preliminary injunction to block the sale and to hear the case was granted by Los Angeles Superior Court on July 30, 2012. Lawsuits can take a long time, but the family continues to defend the case vigorously. Sustained public support is vital to moving this effort forward.
Please help the Coalition, Hannah Carter’s heirs, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and thousands of other supporters save the garden by signing this petition!