In the last 20 years, we’ve added nearly 1.5 million square feet of authentic, native habitat to LA and removed about 200,000 square feet of turf. As a result, each year, we now save LA well over 10 million gallons of water, reduce air pollution equivalent to a year of commutes for 59 cars, save our clients’ approximately $700,000 a year in lawn care, and keep 2400 lbs of toxic chemical fertilizers out of our watershed.
We find the tragedy of the commons tragic, in part, because common spaces hold the keys to community wealth building. Two gardens, featured on the 2018 Native Plant Garden Tour, showcase how communities can turn the tragedy of the commons into joy – and fortune. Here, they illustrate three ways to win with money by giving common spaces a little love.