December 2009 Newsletter


We think of December as a natural time to rejuvenate in the company of those who matter most to us.

We also experience December as a time to establish new foundations, as it is the best time of year to plant. We will introduce new plants to the landscapes we maintain, an invigorating process that produces beautiful results throughout the year.

Nature will also be making a few introductions this month. While the fires of the fall were devastating our community and the nearby mountains, we are excited to see life reestablishing itself in the hills. Our January “feel the burn” hike and learn will take us up into the charred hills of Tujunga where we can experience and learn from the natural rejuvenation of our wild space.

In the meantime, we will be wishing you and yours health and happiness through the holidays and looking forward to sharing the coming year with you!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Tour the Kingsbury Garden
Impact Made with USGBC Donation
See FB for Hike and Learn Photos

Win Sustainable Holiday Cheer!
Gather Garden Gifts
Celebrate Outdoors!


Hike and Learn with the Aoyagis
Wet-to-Dry Design Lecture at TPF



Meet Maintenance Team Leaders
Cassy and Kirk at Cherokee
Dara on the Trail


The FormLA team would enjoy seeing you:

January 9, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Feel the Burn Hike and Learn with Cassy and Kirk. Get details

January 30, 1:30-3:30 PM: Wet-to-Dry Design Lecture by Cassy Aoyagi, sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation. Get details


Cara Barnard & Noe Grandos

FormLA owners Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi are committed to providing vibrantly beautiful, clean, safe and hassle-free outdoor spaces. Horticultural care technician Cara Barnard and maintenance care supervisor Noe Grandos take pride in fulfilling this commitment. Read Biographies

Cassy & Kirk Aoyagi

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi attended the opening of the Lofts @ Cherokee Studios, where they designed the green roof. See Photos

FormLA Mascot Dara Aoyagi is getting in shape for her first FormLA hike and learn in January.


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals:

Mark Britten, Production Manager:

John Avakian, Bookkeeping:

Noe Granados, Maintenance Care Supervisor:

Cara Barnard, Horticultural Care Technician:


Tour the Kingsbury’s Soulful Retreat

Kingsbury Tour Client Story: The Kingsbury’s needed a serene outdoor living space with room for their Lhaso Apso Beloved to run and play, as well as assurance that their home would be free of perennial leaks. More

Impact Made with USGBC Donation

FormLA donated a LEED® design consultation to the silent auction at the USGBC’s 5th annual Green Gala Event, attended by FormLA’s Mark Bitten and John Cook. Auction winners Linda and Eric Niehaus had plans to update their landscape when they bid on consultation. They hope to create an outdoor living space that integrates native plants, attracts animals and birds, and saves water. USGBC Executive Director Lance Williams notes: “USGBC-LA sincerely appreciates the silent auction donation from FormLA and we look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship in the years to come.”

Visit Facebook for Hike and Learn Photos

More than 30 hikers attended the November 7th “Wild Eats” hike and learn. See the photos and find the Wild Eats reference on the FormLA Landscaping Facebook Page

Win Sustainable Holiday Cheer!

Win Sustainable Holiday Cheer!Congratulations to

Kathy Schwartz and Leslie Hope who correctly identified Satureja as a sustainable alternative to using Bacopa as a flowering groundcover. Learn about this sustainable groundcover, or just enter-to-win a little holiday cheer with this issue’s Wet-to-Dry Exchange! Win
Gather Your Garden’s Gifts

Your garden may give you what you need to make the holidays festive and fragrant indoors! Bring the outdoors inside with Cassy’s tips. More

Enjoy Winter Holidays California-Style – Outside!

Winter HolidaysFor those of you who are hosting holiday events in your outdoor living spaces, please know we stand by our commitment to provide you with hassle-free, clean, safe and healthy landscapes. If you need peace of mind that guests will feel warmly appreciated out-of-doors, we can provide:

  • Mobile outdoor heaters,
  • Temporary staging and sprucing,
  • Holiday lighting,
  • Living Christmas trees, and
  • Adapted scheduling of maintenance visits.


Expect FormLA teams…

  • Taking advantage of the BEST TIME of year to plant!!!
  • Continuing to cut back natives and reduce irrigation and timers
  • Pruning conifers and deep-feeding citrus trees
  • Cleaning gutters and replenishing mulch
  • Pruning of roses and fruit trees will begin in January • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 •
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