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Open House Protest Sunday to Stop the Sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

Supporters of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden will stage a protest at the Open House of the property on April 1st from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Supporters will mobilize along the road leading up to the property with signs and flyers to protest the sale.

The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the finest examples of Japanese gardens in America. The garden was donated to the University of California in 1964 by the Carter family to be cared for and maintained in perpetuity. UCLA recently listed the garden for sale without conditions or protections, endangering the future of the garden and severely limiting its likelihood for survival.

Nearly 1,500 supporters have signed an online petition urging the Chancellor and the Regents of the University of California to stop the sale of this cultural landmark. Conservation groups have come together to form The Coalition to Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden including: The Garden Conservancy, Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, The California Garden and Landscape History Society, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation (partial list).

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, whose district oversees the area, wrote a letter to Chancellor Gene Block which stated: “The sale of these gardens would deprive the UCLA campus and our community of a unique educational resource…I do not support the sale of this cultural resource and, should it be sold, I will oppose any effort to develop the property or change its use to anything other than the beautiful cultural landmark it is today.”

“UCLA has broken their agreement to our family and the public to maintain this cultural landmark in perpetuity,” said Jim Caldwell, son of Hannah Carter and a leader in the Coalition to Save the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.

For inquiries, please contact Jim Caldwell at 650-906-1150. For additional information, please visit

WHAT: Protest at Open House to Stop the Sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

WHEN: Sunday, April 1 from 2:00 pm to 5:00pm

WHERE: 626 Siena Way, Los Angeles CA 90077

VISUALS: Supporters will mobilize along Siena Way with signs and flyers to protest the sale

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