April 17, 2010
I am so proud of Mar Vista.; this is a great event, and they have been offering the Sustainable Works programs that were developed in Santa Monica. I hope you can join me for this year’s Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase to see how residents in our community are combating California’s water crisis through drought resistant landscaping.
Free self-guided walking and biking tours through 79 private Mar Vista resident gardens offers a firsthand look at a variety of sustainable, drought-resistant landscapes. As a model community for water wise best management practices, Mar Vista has been at the forefront of Los Angeles’ most progressive water conservation measures which include hosting a Water Wise Use Expo and participating as the first neighborhood in the City’s Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Program.
Click marvistagreengardenshowcase.blogspot.com for a preview of the gardens and a map of the locations to plan your own tour. Choose a walking, biking or driving tour, or select the gardens that showcase solutions that you may be considering. Look for the flags with the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) logo in front of each house on the day of the tour:
Sunday, April 25 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get some fresh air and some fresh ideas about how you can take steps to save water while at the same time greening your garden.
March 26, 2010
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative. Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet. So sign up now and let’s make 2010 the biggest Earth Hour yet!.
March 1, 2010
Many homeowners think that a new landscaping project will cost them a great deal of time and money. While it’s true that there’s no end to the ways one can spend money on landscaping, there are many things you can do to improve your yard at relatively little expense. All it takes is a little planning and a couple of days of good weather. Rethink your walkway: Even if you can’t dig up your walkway or change the direction of your entranceway, consider creating a welcoming path to your door using plants, border fencing, or other treatments. Add new flowerbeds to your lawn: Sketch your plans for the new beds and consider creating attention with intriguing shapes. Install new lighting: Fixtures don’t have to be the expensive type – they just need to be strategically placed to highlight features and to create awareness. Decorate freely: Use rocks, driftwood, outdoor art, a fountain or birdbath to provide visual anchors and points of interest. Get neighborly input (and plant contributions): Ask friends, neighbors and relatives for advice, and don’t refuse plant transplants from their perennial gardens (but pay special attention to seasonal foliage, hardiness, etc.). Since we have many years with little rainfall (not this year)I would also advise you to do some research on drought tolerant or native plants. The Sunset Garden Book is a great resource , as well as TheodorePayne.org which has a nursery and demonstration gardens in Sun Valley. Their Native Plant tour is April 10-11 . Culver City Garden Club has a meeting the first Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 pm in the Garden Room of the Culver City Veteran’s Building located at Culver Blvd. and Overland. You can go to the meetings for free or join for $12/year, $18 for 2 people. They have plant raffles at every meeting. The Coral Tree is Los Angeles office tree, not the Palm Tree. Bird if Paradies is our official flower. Gardening can be a very relaxing past time, just try not to over do it.
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