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We spend most of the year honoring the distinctive aspects of our clients’ style, of LA’s neighborhoods, of LA’s place in the world.  In this festive and generous time of year, this year, we can’t help but take note of our innate, human similarities.

What brings each of us joy, what ties us together, is really so simple. A beautiful sunrise. Beautiful scenery or a great song. A full belly. A restful night’s sleep. Being warm. Being safe. Being held.

Now and in the year to come, we wish you, yours, and all of humanity a life full of these simple pleasures, a life full of peace and joy.


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Here are a few ways to get the most of your garden through the holidays – and set yourself up for a vibrant 2017.


Protect Your Neighbors

form-la_0274 Staff:  Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy united neighbors to protect the Rosemont Preserve and adjacent properties. By removing invasive plants and planting fire resistant and slope saving native plants, the community may have saved itself from “natural” disasters. Read More


Deck the Garden with Hanukkah Color

By FormLA Staff:  California natives bring a distinctive array of foliage in shades ranging from silver to blue grey. White berries and flowers bloom in December – hassle free Hanukkah decor that delights year round! Hanukkah Color


Have a Berry Merry Christmas


By FormLA Staff:  If a garden of Christmas Berry doesn’t get you in the spirit, we don’t know what will! While Toyon has a distinctively celebratory look, several other California natives can help you create a holiday-ready garden. Christmas Color 



California native plants deck our gardens with silver, silver blue, true greens and red and white berries in December. Could holiday decorating get any easier?


Blooming Now in LA

Lemonade berry is just one native edible bringing its best to our gardens for the holidays. See what else is Blooming Now

Lemonade Berry


Sustaining Your Garden

We’ll give you and your garden our very best for the holidays. Here is how we’ll keep you celebrating:

Harvest winter veggies like fennel and parsnips

Keep gardens structured and thriving:

  • Prune conifers and other deciduous trees and deep-feeding citrus trees
  • Continue to cut back thriving natives and native grasses as they experience growth spurts
  • Divide grasses
  • Lay a cloth over sensitive succulents if you expect freezing temperatures
  • Plant, mulch, plant, plant and mulch!

Protect homes by maintaining outdoor water systems:

  • Turn off irrigation controllers, thanks to rain!
  • Clean gutters and check waterways in preparation for rain


December 2016


Protect Your Neighbors
Deck the Garden for Hanukkah
Have a Berry Merry Christmas


Shotgun Coast Garden Anniversary


Blooming Now
Sustaining Gardens


A Stronger Sam
Fond Farewell
Behind the Scenes


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January 28: Shotgun Coast Garden Anniverary Celebration



Sam Even Stronger


Sam emerged from his hip surgery stronger and buoyed by your calls and emails of support – thank you!

Landscape Leader Retires

Bruce Inman, the head of buildings and grounds with the City of Sierra Madre retires this month. In his final year serving the community, he brought the Authentic Foothill Gardens at Sierra Madre City Hall to fruition. We will miss you Bruce!

Behind the Scenes at TPF


Cassy Aoyagi and Theodore Payne Executive Director Kitty Connolly led a behind the scenes tour of the nursery in November. Tours are first Saturdays of each season.


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals:

Mark Britten, Production Manager:

Sam Souhrada, Maintenance Division Manager: • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 •
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