The Autry EthnoBotanical Garden is Open!
The Autry Museum of the American West recently opened a new exhibition called “California Continued” that consists of two renovated gallery spaces and 7,000 square foot outdoor space where the former Gene Autry backlot has been transformed in a new ethnobotanical teaching garden. The garden is home to over 60 plants that are native to the state, but also includes information on the history of how native peoples used the plants in their everyday lives. Designed by Matthew Kennedy of Costello Kennedy Landscape Architecture with the help of Native American elders, authors, professors and museum experts, who all worked to ensure that each intentional plant selection works with the content in the two new gallery exhibitions “Human Nature” and “The Life and Work of Mabel McKay”. This dedication to research is reflected the interactive displays that help visitors appreciate how each plant in the garden relates to California’s various micro-climates.
Our landscape lighting not only to illuminates the informative displays in the garden, but also creates an entertaining and inviting atmosphere that the Autry can use for events after the sun goes down. We are pleased to have worked on such a positive community project, and would encourage both locals and tourists alike to take some time to visit the entire museum!