Garden's Sale Postponed
Posted by Charlie Golestani on Jul 27, 2012 - 5:53:40 PM
BEL AIR—The once uncertain fate of UCLA’s Carter
Japanese Garden is a bit more secure after a Superior Court judge intervened to
stop the sale of the garden Friday, July 27.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction against the
sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden and the mansion adjacent for which
bids were scheduled to be opened on August 15.
In May, Carter’s family filed suit in an
effort to halt the sale of the garden, which was gifted under the pretense that
it would never be sold to a private entity.
The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden. All images courtesy of the garden's website
But a separate Superior Court ruling blocked a hold on
the sale. The more recent injunction is expected to allow the matter to be
settled in a formal trial in the near future.
Former UC Board of Regents chair Edward Carter paid for
the construction of the 1.5-acre garden in 1964, while the neighboring house
was donated and later occupied till 2006 by Hannah Carter after her husband’s
But with rising maintenance costs and a marked drop in
attendance, UCLA gave the go-ahead for the garden’s sale in March of this year.
The university listed the garden at $5.7 million, with the house going for
$9 million in February
Opponents of the sale objected to the university’s
dispersion of pieces and equipment they claimed were instrument to the garden’s
continued aesthetic appeal and survival, without safeguards guaranteed by the
new owner for the garden’s benefit.