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Special thanks to the Studio City Residents Association, Studio City Beautification Association, the City of Sierra Madre, Sierra Madre Garden Club and Sierra Madre Community Foundation for hosting wonderful community events this month! We owe a debt of gratitude to our friends at  Netafim, Ewing, and  Theodore Payne Foundation for helping us bring a comprehensive understanding to those looking to save water.

In the past month, we’ve had many inspiring conversations how these cities’ residents want their outdoor spaces to evolve. Boy the public mindset has evolved! Instead of convincing people water wise landscaping is necessary, we now have to convince people that a lush and lovely native California aesthetic is enough.

We recognize this evolution of public perception is due to your efforts, and we are happy to be in this with you!


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi



Pick Your Perfect Plant PaletteShowcase Blueberries
Tips: The Theodore Payne Foundation’s annual fall sale is next month. Are you ready to make the most of it? Pick a plant palette that will leave you smiling for years to come.  Take the Quiz
Is Native Enough?Showcase Blueberries
Tips: It’s true – the state has a water crisis, and everyone can play a role in fixing it. So what does that extra mile look like? (It might not be as dry and dirty as you think!) Find Out
Plant a Pool, Save Water?Showcase Blueberries
Wet-to-Dry: During the drought of the 1970s, drained pools sparked a revolution in skateboarding. Should we be draining our pools today? Or planting more?  Read More


Fall presents new opportunities to beautify, build and enjoy sustainable gardens. In September, we will:

Feed You and Your Garden:

  • Harvest fresh herbs and veggies from home gardens for fantastic fall meals
  • Bring in bouquets of fall blooming cut flowers and colorful foliage

Keep It Pretty:

  • Identify garden areas to fill-in with fall planting
  • Evaluate the fall and winter pruning needs of trees
  • Prune California natives that have completed their cycle of growth for the year, allowing them to rejuvenate

Watch Your Water:

  • Set irrigation systems to water less often and more deeply to help existing landscapes establish tolerance to drought conditions
  • Eliminate run-off, overspray and leaks
  • Stay on top of changing rebate and incentive programs


September 2015


What’s Your (Landscape) Look?
Is Native Enough?
Pool vs. Lawn


Descanso Talk & Walk


Bountiful Harvests
Abundant Foliage
Just Enough Water


New Look for Sierra Madre
New Look for Studio City


September 19: Authentic L.A. Plant Palettes, Descanso Gardens



FormLA Team

The City of Sierra Madre, the Sierra Madre Garden Club and Sierra Madre Community Foundation kicked-off the redesign of the city hall gardens with a dedication and speed learning event:  A New Look for Sierra Madre

Cassy Aoyagi spoke with the Studio City Residents Association and Studio City Beautification Association about the importance of beauty:  A New Look for Studio City


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