The social impact of Descanso Gardens on communities and Los Angeles County is huge as it has helped to maintain the ecological system of the country. Through the implication of the sustainability project implemented by The Portico Group, the Board of Members of Descanso Gardens have been able to positively contribute to the environment through the enhancement of the drainage system which has helped to improve the water storage level of the garden (Juliano, 2016). Similarly, during the project of sustainability, the Descanso Gardens have also been able to develop a recycling process within the garden that can help to reduce the amount of waste generated by the garden.
The project of sustainability implemented jointly by the Board of Members and The Portico Group has positively impacted the social environment of the garden as it not only has helped to provide a new outlook to the garden but also has accomplished its vision which aimed at making Descanso Gardens as one of the most beautiful eco-friendly community gardens in the country (Turner, 2011). Therefore, the sustainability project undertaken by the Descanso Gardens helped to improve the knowledge base as it encouraged educating visitors on the importance of conservation of energy to the environment. However, the management of Descanso Gardens has been facing many underlying challenges such as in the form of soil compaction, drainage issue, aging rose rootstock, nutsedge infestation and encroaching shade. These major challenges are a major concern for the maintenance department as it has forced the authorities to remove the rose garden from the entire premises (Agustina and Beilin, 2012). According to a government journal article published by Thomas (2017), it was observed that the Americans Public Gardens Association has been focusing hard on improving the technological constraints faced by community gardens such as Descanso Gardens in the country by introducing the technology of Greenhouse effect (Thomas, 2017). This technological aspect would also benefit Descanso Gardens to reduce their costs and increase their efficiencies in solar and greenhouse energy developed in the garden. The project of sustainability was generally undertaken by Descanso Garden in order to make it eco-friendly garden that can help to conserve water and energy. The lessons learned from the traditional farming method and sustainable method are that the implementation of sustainable farming method helped the management of Descanso Garden to solve the problems faced by them earlier such as in the form of decomposition of soil and wastage of energy during the implementation of projects. The management of Descanso Gardens has also been recognized for its continuous developments in the garden such as in 2014, the Los Angeles County received an Award of Excellence from California Park and Recreation Society for having a fruitful private-public partnership towards the development of the garden (lacounty, 2017).