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We’ve had a very busy month, and we are filled with gratitude.
Thank you USGBC-LA for the opportunity to host an inaugural Greenbuild Tour! It was a true honor to have Glenn Putnam and Bruce Inman, Jeannie Kay, David Brown and Rachel Young join us in defining the authentic lush and leafy look of LA for an international audience. You added such amazing perspective!
Even as we celebrate the latest trends in green building, we recognize that the most sustainable building is one that already exists. That becomes abundantly clear when visiting the wonderfully restored workman’s cottage and native garden of Hilda Weiss. Hilda, thank you for all you do to showcase the beauty of preservation!
Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi
With more than 6000 plants native to California, each LA neighborhood could have a lush, low-water look all its own. Here is how the City of Sierra Madre is taking the lead in the foothills.
Meet the Authentic Foothill Gardens
By Isara Ongwiseth:
Just one year ago, the community of Sierra Madre came together to install these 100 percent California native gardens. They now wrap city hall in lush, leafy, cool greenery, offering residents and wildlife a beautiful retreat in the heart of town. Read More
Draft MVPs for a Fantasy Foliage Team
By Cassy Aoyagi: We drafted nine MVPs to play in the Authentic Foothill Gardens. This rock star fantasy foliage team includes players who can fight fire while simultaneously serving up a meal. Meet Foothill MVPs
Autumn is the best time to plant, establish, and enjoy native gardens – it is also the season of the Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Sale.
Blooming Now in LA
Desert Globemallow blooms exploded like fireworks from each foothill gardens we visited during the 2016 Greenbuild tour.
Sustaining Your Garden
We will take the following steps to maintain your garden – you can too!
Make the Most of Thriving Gardens:
- Focus on trees that need natural re-shaping
- Deep-feed citrus trees
- Structure natives for December growth spurts
- Divide or cut back native grasses
- Plant native fill ins
- Mulching garden beds for a clean look
- Harvest and plant veggies
Protect Homes, Maintain Outdoor Water Systems:
- Turn down irrigation controllers
- Adjust irrigation and lighting timers November 1
- Change controller, valve and sensor batteries
- Install and test rain sensors
- Clean gutters and checking water ways
See Our Month-by-Month Guide
See the Authentic Foothill Gardens
Meet Foothill Foliage MVPs
Natives on Sale!
Celebrating Green Building
Sustaining Your Garden
Santa Monica Conservancy Tour
California Preservation Awards
International Greenbuild Tour