Theodore Payne Foundation for (California!) Wildflowers and Native Plants and FormLA Landscaping share a common president of the board in Cassy Aoyagi. We also share a common philosophy. We believe choosing native foliage ensures Los Angeles thrives while rocking a look distinctive from anywhere else in the world. Theodore Payne Foundation promotes this uniquely California aesthetic, educates the public about the how-tos of native gardening, and maintains a bountiful nursery of natives.
Each year, FormLA Landscaping co-founders Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi host treks in to wild spaces throughout Los Angeles County. The hikes are a wonderful chance to learn about California natives and edibles, understand the impact of our landscaping choices on the natural environment, and get a good workout!
Watch our events page for chances to join us. You may also enjoy taking our hike and learn guide along as you explore LA’s wild spaces on your own.
This month, we have yet another hero to introduce to you. After years of community activism, Roger Klem, a Sunland resident and native plant enthusiast, has inspired the community Sunland to undo a tragedy in its common backyard. Each Saturday of March, residents and volunteers will dig, rake, trim, wheel and water to create a Sunland Welcome Nature Garden at the entrance to the community from the 210 freeway, now a safe haven for invasive fountain grass. The garden will transform into a showcase of natives born to thrive in Sunland’s particularly high and dry microclimate.