Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden
  • Petitioning UCLA Chancellor Gene Block
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Regents of the University of California
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Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

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      Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

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. 

Sadly, the garden is now closed to the public and its survival is threatened. In November 2011, UCLA announced plans to sell the garden, citing rising maintenance costs, deferred maintenance, and the lack of attendance due to limited parking. The garden was donated to UCLA by the Carter family with a promise that the garden would not be sold.

The garden was listed for sale in March 2012, after the University removed  valuable art objects that are integral to the design of the garden.

Please help us save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden by signing this petition!

Supporters include:
The Garden Conservancy
Los Angeles Conservancy
California Preservation Foundation
California Garden and Landscape History Society
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

American Society of Landscape Architects

National Trust for Historic Preservation

North American Japanese Garden Association
American Public Gardens Association 
(partial list) 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. On our way to 5,000 signatures!

      But the technology gremlins have been hard at work. If you signed the petition between last December and now, the option to leave your email was inactivated. Arrggh! If you would like email updates and have not been receiving them, write us...... info@hannahcarterjapanesegarden.com

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Regents of the University of California responds:

      Regents of the University of California

      The Regents and the President have received a large number of letters and e-mails from friends of the Garden who care deeply and passionately about its future. While they appreciate having your views on this matter and understand your con...


    5. Decision-maker Regents of the University of California responds:

      Regents of the University of California

      Thank you for your correspondence regarding the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. The Regents have asked me to respond on their behalf and I am pleased to do so. As I hope you will understand, because of the number of messages that have been...


    6. Decision-maker Regents of the University of California responds:

      Regents of the University of California

      Thank you for your correspondence regarding the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. The Regents have asked me to respond on their behalf and I am pleased to do so. As I hope you will understand, because of the number of messages that have been...


    7. Reached 3,000 signatures
    8. WOW! We just hit 2,500 signatures in our campaign to Save the Garden

      The impassioned comments show this is truly a beloved garden. We are putting our heart and soul into saving it so future generations of UCLA students, Los Angelenos and visitors from around the world can share the experience.

      Our new goal is 5,000 signatures. If each of you asks ONE more person to sign, we can make this number pop! Just think what the impact will be in Chancellor Block's office..... This is far from over!

      By the way, June Kim of Irvine, you were number 2,500! THANKS TO ALL.....

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Borden LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 5 days ago

      I love visiting beautiful gardens in L.A. especially because I am not a gardener myself. They are needed!

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    • Scott Bartels BURBANK, CA
      • 5 days ago

      UCLA should honor the terms of the original agreement.

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    • Marion Siu LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 6 days ago

      I love the elegance and simplicity of Japanese gardens and would like to visit this one.

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    • Cliff Marks VASHON, WA
      • 6 days ago

      I love Japanese gardens, have visited many all around the country, and would like to see this one preserved. Los Angeles needs all the soul it can get.

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    • Cy Terrin CULVER CITY, CA
      • 6 days ago

      The long history of this center is renown throughout our community and region. being unable to access this site is a a terrible thing to and a waste to future generations. this space should not be allowed to go into neglect it is part of our cultural heritage. We need this space to remain.

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