A water conservation plan that called for replacing redwood trees near the entrance of Descanso Gardens with drought-tolerant native species will be redrawn to leave the redwoods in place.
Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution by Supervisor Michael Antonovich ordering the trees preserved.
Descanso Gardens Executive Director David Brown said officials with the county-owned facility will, however, continue with other landscaping measures intended to reduce water use there by hundreds of thousands — and eventually millions — of gallons each year.
Sustainability efforts already are underway to replace two acres of lawn beneath the redwoods at the garden's entrance with a native plant display intended to demonstrate climate-appropriate landscaping for visitors. Not native to Southern California and difficult to keep healthy even with intensive irrigation, the redwoods didn't fit those plans.