Bulldozers have begun ripping out a mix of eclectic buildings that helped Trancas Canyon Nursery and Sea Lily Malibu earn the name of L.A.'s Best Secret Garden.
The work, which will include the removal of the buildings and non-native trees, began Wednesday morning. The bulldozing is making way for new buildings, including a new home for Trancas Canyon Nursery and Sea Lily, which remain open in a temporary location.
Debbi Stone, who manages the Trancas Canyon Nursery for owner Carlos Cabrera, moved the nursery's plants to the front of the Trancas Canyon shopping center. The business, which was operated for 28 years out of a mix of eclectic buildings at the back of the shopping center, is now being run out of a temporary trailer.
Flowers and plants from Sea Lily have also been moved to a temporary trailer in the parking lot. Caytlyn McCloskey has owned the Sea Lily Malibu florist shop for three years.
According to plans submitted to the city of Malibu on Feb. 21, 2012, 25 western sycamores on the property that qualify as protected native trees will be protected.
A new, 1,050 square-foot building will be put in where Sea Lily used to operate. A new tenant has not been announced for the space.
Sea Lily will be moved to a new, 550 square-foot building, and the nursery will remain in the back corner. One of the smaller, existing buildings will be preserved and used to house the cash register.