Griffith Park's Fern Dell selected for cultural preservation

Fern Dell, a garden oasis of ferns, trees and picturesque bridges in Griffith Park, was selected Thursday as one of 14 historic American landscapes in urgent need of preservation.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington nonprofit that aims to increase awareness of historic landscapes, made the selection as part of an annual program to draw immediate attention to valuable but threatened spaces.

Other California landscapes selected were Jack London Lake in Glen Ellen and the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Los Angeles.

The Japanese garden was put up for sale in March by cash-strapped UCLA, which said rising costs for upkeep and limited attendance made it difficult to maintain.

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-- Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

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