Archive for the ‘Water wise’ Category

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

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.

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Ideas for your garden

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.

For info on what your house in Los Angeles is worth or to search your new home go to my site DonnaBenton.com.  310-398-2332

West Coast Green

September 19, 2009

Lola and meOctober 1-3 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center

Green innovation conference of the built environment

Epoxybox celebrates new location on Lincoln

September 19, 2009

Lola and meAfter the Envionemtal meeting in WLA you can hop over to Venice to  the new Epoxybox showroom..  2434 Lincoln.  Parking on Lincoln and Venice or valet parking at the Venice United Methodist Church, located at Lincoln and Victoria.

 September 24th at 6:30 p.m. for the grand opening of their new location in Venice in the Oragne Office building.  The  new, expanded space includes a separate department for trade and large build along with the many products for homeowners and smaller projects that were available at the old space on Abott Kinney and Venice.  And a new lighting department with fixtures from Light Green,  purveyors of the largest array of green lighting fixtures.  They  also now have a kitchen cabinet department on site in cooperation with Bradco Kitchens.  Bradco on Pico has so many  great kitchen cabinets.

Feds Award Los Angeles $37 Million

September 19, 2009

a REMAX logoThe City has received over $37 million from the US Department of Energy under the federal stimulus program, to undertake programs that reduce fossil fuel use, improve energy efficiency, and create and retain jobs.  EnvironmentLA will be hosting seven public meetings over the next two weeks to gather public input about how we should spend this money.

The Westside meeting is September 24, 5-7 at the Felicia Mahood Senior Center

11338 Santa Monica Blvd., west of Sawtelle-around Corinth and Purdue

 

You will have an opportunity to voice your opinion and see eligible plans.

DWP water restrictions in Los Angeles

June 27, 2009

What do you think about the DWP water restrictions?  Are you complying or ignoring?  Do you not know about them?  Do you see violators? 

 

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