MTA is a full-service landscape architecture firm, with expertise in planning, design, installation, and maintenance. We design gardens of all sizes for civic, institutional, commercial, and residential clients. We are well-known for our extensive knowledge of plants and horticulture. We create distinctive plant palettes specific to each garden project we design.

 

 

Flowering trees and shrubs compose a color scheme that changes throughout the year in this well-loved 3/4 acre public garden in the heart of downtown LA. Completed in 2003, the garden has become a fixture in the fabric of downtown LA life, sometimes as a space for social activities including weddings, parties, and outdoor performances; other times as a peaceful retreat for reading, thinking, and napping.

 
Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

 

The UCLA campus has an admirable history as a campus-wide botanical garden, a history built up over many years. During the 1960s and 70s the park-like atmosphere of the campus developed into “the University Garden”, with tours established by noted botanist and UCLA professor Dr. Mildred Matthias. The Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center landscape builds on this history by introducing trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses not previously introduced to the campus landscape palette, but worthy of introduction.

 

 
Photo: Iwan Baan

Photo: Iwan Baan

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This Los Angeles garden is designed around a sculpture installation, Lotti’s Garden, created by Peter Regli, and installed on two contiguous lots of the project site. Over time, additional land has been added to the project site, allowing for additional areas of garden and recreational use.

The garden is structured as gardens within a garden. In addition to the sculpture garden, planted with California native plants, there are settings for tropical, Australian, edible, and Mediterranean plantings. Selection of site materials, layout, and detailing was done in collaboration with the project’s client, an artist.

 

 
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MTA provides landscape maintenance services for The Broad Museum which is located in downtown Los Angeles and features a collection of contemporary art from the 1950’s to the present. We provide detailed care for the plaza’s old-growth specimen olive trees, the “mounds” located along the Grand Avenue sidewalk, the lawn area where the public is encouraged to lounge and play, and the olive street trees that extend the plaza, creating visual continuity from one side of Grand Avenue to the other.

 

 
Photo: Iwan Baan

Photo: Iwan Baan

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Photo: Mark Boster

Photo: Mark Boster

Photo: Mark Boster

Photo: Mark Boster

 

The Glendale Heritage Garden features a preserved and reused historically significant bungalow from 1913, and creates an outdoor leisure space for the surrounding community’s 5000 residents. The park’s design responds to the scale and character of the house, resulting in a public outdoor space with the feel of a residential garden. Shaded seating and picnic areas, a large lawn, and recreation areas for toddlers and youths are connected by curved pathways and garden plantings extending throughout the site.

This project received the 2010 Award of Achievement from the California Park and Recreation Society in the category of Park Planning and Design, for meeting identified community needs, design quality, effectiveness in strengthening community sense of place, promoting health and wellness, and fostering human development.

 

 
Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

Photo: Saxon Holt

 

This community-sponsored “drive-by” garden in the center of a busy street provides a setting for the L.A. Cultural Landmark Shakespeare Bridge.  Before its transformation in 1995, the Franklin Avenue median was an unremarkable, asphalt-covered, visually degraded foreground to the bridge, and its design developed from the obvious need to change it from an undistinguished strip of land into one befitting a landmark.

The planting design of the median reflects its particular location in the Los Feliz area of L.A. It features a California native and Mediterranean plant palette that thrives in difficult site conditions.

 

 
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