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Autumn is full of such abundance in native gardens! Not only do we have riotous fall colors, natives deliver incredible harvests in October and November.

Don’t be scared (although it is the month for that sort of thing). Make a Yarrow pasta! Try Coffeeberry coffee! Substitute white sage for a new twist on a favorite recipe. Experiment and enjoy!

Happy Harvesting!

Cassy and Kirk


Autumn in LA is more than harvest time. It’s the best time to plant… and not a bad time to soak up some sun!

Fatherly. By Joshua Krisch:  You want your kids to play outside. But as summer gives way to autumn, sunny days are giving way to cloud cover, and the sun is setting earlier. Read More
Edible Gardens: Parsley

Realtor. By Jennifer Geddes:  A DIY herb garden is an easy way to have fresh basil, cilantro, and other kitchen staples on hand—no more running to the store or wasting cash on wilted parsley! What’s not to love? Get Sam’s Tips

By Cassy Aoyagi:  Instead of the typical ficus hedge row, my own hedge includes a mix of Coffeeberry, Lemonade Berry and Catalina Cherry. This brings birds, the strength of biodiversity, and a bountiful autumn harvest.  Read More


No need to leave paradise to see fall color… LA has its own, authentic autumn transformation. Check it out.


Blooming Now

Yes, elsewhere autumn is time for barren branches. Here, it is just another season for blooms. Check them out: Blooming Now!


Sustain Your Garden

Autumn isn’t just harvest season in LA – it is also one of the best times to plant! Check out Natives on Sale at the Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery.

We have the power to mitigate “natural” disasters like fire and slides. Visit our Disaster Prevention Checklist and Proximate-Fire Checklist for property-saving tips.

To keep your garden at its best, check our Fall Maintenance Checklist for our month-by-month to-dos.


October 2018


Soak Up the Sun
Grow Herbs Like a Pro
Harvest Your Hedge


Discovery Park Grand Opening
Sierra Club Conversation


Blooming Now
Sustain Your Garden
Prevent Fire


Cassy at Huntington Gardens
Lead LA’s Green Building


November 3: Discovery Park Grand Opening

November 13: Watershed with Sierra Club Marina

See More Events



Life Saving Garden Strategies

Cassy continued to help Angelenos understand the connection between our planting decisions and our fire safety via a Fire Wise Landscape Design workshop at Huntington Gardens. View Tips


Lead LA’s Green Building

The thought leading LA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is looking for an executive director. Want to make LA cleaner, greener and more resilient? Apply!




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