November 2010 Newsletter

FormLA Newsletter


Autumn bursts with gratitude. Natives demonstrate it with new shoots of foliage and blooms, and soil appreciates the gift of new plants.

We owe special thanks this month to the Scott-Weichs, who welcomed crowds into their Absolutely Solar powered home and drought tolerant garden during the Eco Echo Park: Urban Sustainable Living Home and Garden Tour.

Of course, with Thanksgiving approaching, we are grateful to have so many truly wonderful clients and friends. As always, we want to be sure we are keeping you as happy as you make us. Clients will soon receive either an email or hardcopy of our annual client survey. Please share the dirt to help us keep your (outdoor) life hassle free!

In the meantime, we wish you a warm, yummy and very happy Thanksgiving.

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


See Award-Winning Kay Garden
Bring Paradise to the Parkway
Get Climbing!
Pittosportum vs. Rhasmus


Make It [Pie] and Take It
Spring save the Dates


Planting, Planting, Planting
Cleaning gutters
Deep feeding citrus trees


Echo Park Garden Attracts Throngs
Big Bird Visits Bird Bath
FormLA Container Garden
Cassy LEEDs


The FormLA team would enjoy seeing you:

November 21, 2010:
Jennie Cooks Annual Make Pie and Take It Organic Food Celebration. RSVP: 323.982.0052.

See “Save the Date” Event List of Spring Events.


Scott-Weich garden attracts crowds during the Eco Echo Park Home Tour, focused on showcasing sustainable lifestyles.

Baby Yoshi Aoyagi

A fairly extraordinary visitor enjoyed a bath in the Markota Garden’s reclaimed drinking fountain-turn-birdbath.

Sales of FormLA® container gardens at the CISCO Home Art Event benefited Children Mending Hearts.

FormLA President Cassy Aoyagi and City of Santa Monica Green Building Program Advisor Brenden MCEneaney taught LEED® Landscaping, as part of a City of Santa Monica landscape design series for professionals.

Theodore Payne Foundation’s Poppy Print profiled Cassy Aoyagi.


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals:

Mark Britten, Production Manager:

John Avakian, Bookkeeping:

Cara Barnard, Horticultural Care Technician:

USGBC FormLA on Facebook




See the Award Winning Kay Garden

Cisco Home La Brea Showroom Garden Profile:
La Cañada Valley Beautiful (LCVB), a civic organization dedicated to the beautification and preservation of La Cañada, has recognized the Kay Garden.

The LCVB judges consider design, maintenance, color and texture, as well as unusual features, like drought tolerant plants. Judge Julia Hastings notes, “We liked the fact that the Kay’s landscaping was both drought tolerant and attractive, beautifully complementing the home’s French architectural style. The effect is understated, classy and elegant without unnecessary formality.” More

Bring Paradise to the Parkway

Bring Paradise to the ParkwayTips: Get your mind out of the gutter – but don’t take it too far away!  The City of Los Angeles and City of Pasadena now allow and encourage non-lawn foliage in parkways. While in LA County, changes to parkway policies tend to be aimed at reducing water use, this is part of a national design trend in which homeowners seek to bring their parkways into visual harmony with the rest of their front yard space. More

Get Climbing!

Wet/Dry Exchange: Congratulations to wet-to-dry winners Carol Parker, Gary Trethaway, James Dufourd, Leslie Hope and Scott Munroe! Each won a gift certificate to Theodore Payne Foundation for identifying Rhamnus as the screen that will bring birds to your garden. Learn more about the trade-offs between Pittosportum and Rhasmus or identify the red flowering climber most suited to SoCal in this issue’s Wet to Dry Exchange Quiz. Win!


November is a great time to plant and prepare irrigation and water catchement systems for heavy winter rains. We will be:

  • Delivering fresh herbs and wildflower seeds to client doorsteps
  • Providing clients with our annual client survey
  • Harvesting winter veggies, like fennel, parsnips, and sweet potatoes
  • Dividing grasses for rejuenation
  • Planting, mulching, planting and mulching
  • Continuing to cut back established natives
  • Deep-feeding citrus trees
  • Providing Bareroot fruits and roses
  • Cleaning gutters, checking water ways, reducing irrigation, and modifying timers in preparation for rainy season • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 •
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