Authentic LA Plant Palettes

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Descanso Gardens

Cost:  Free with Admission to the Gardens


Want to get the New Look for L.A. but not sure where to start?  Join Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping and one of the New Look for L.A. designers for a Talk and Walk at the garden.

The September Talk and Walk curriculum is part of a four course series hosted by Descanso Gardens.  Each course begins at Descanso Gardens with classroom work applied to the New Look for L.A. Center Circle Garden.  Register for a single course or for the full series.


September 19, 2015 – Authentic L.A. Plant Palettes
Understanding your property (site analysis), developing a distinctive, climate-compatilbe plant palette is key to getting the New Look for L.A. and a garden aesthetic perfectly suited to your style and life.  Course topics include:  Climate compatible plant selection, fire resistant and slope-protecting plants, and hydro-zoning natural plant companions.  Get ready by taking our quiz to help you Find Your Perfect Plant Palette!


January 16, 2016 – L.A.’s Unique Outdoor Water Management
Even in drought, Los Angeles can have slide and runoff producing rain fall.  This course will cover water catchment and management strategies including:  permeable paving, bioswales, rain gardens, infiltration, and rain barrels.


April 16, 2016 – Sustainable Garden Design
Designing sustainable landscapes is all about thinking long term.  This course will look at rules of thumb for sustainable garden design, including:  plant spacing, maintenance considerations and strategies, troubleshooting designs, diseases/pests, editing, and retrofitting existing sprinklers to drip.


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