October 2009 Newsletter


Thank you to the clients who offered feedback, opinions and great ideas through our FormLA Landscaping client survey!

You offered savvy suggestions for new services and maintenance communications processes. We are incredibly grateful for your ideas and hopeful you have already noticed us taking action in these areas.

Your feedback has been so instrumental, we have placed the link at formlainc.com/contact, so you can easily and anonymously share your feedback at any time. As always, we also welcome your ideas and comments via email, phone and in person!

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events and wish you a very Happy Halloween and October!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Tour the Markota Garden
Learn Post-Fire Strategies
Design for LEED
Win a Sustainable Plant
Get 10 Percent Off


Native Plant Garden Design
USGBC Green Gala
Cherokee Studios Opening
Wild Eats Hike and Learn


Meet Isara Ongwiseth
Dara in the Garden


The FormLA team has garden installations at several events
this Fall, and we would
enjoy seeing you:

October 17, 31, and November 14, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Native Plant Garden Design with Cassy Aoyagi, hosted by the Theodore Payne Foundation. Get details

October 29, 5:30 PM: U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Annual Green Gala. Get details

October 29, 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Rock n’ Platinum Launch Event at Cherokee Studios Benefits Habitat for Humanity. Get details

October 30-November 17: Lofts & Cherokee Studios Open for Public Tours. Get details

November 7, 10 AM: Wild Eats Hike and Learn with Cassy and Kirk. Get details


Isara Ogwiseth

Meet Isara Ongwiseth
Isara Ongwiseth designed the Lofts & Cherokee Studios greenroof to provide serenity in the City, using waves of undulating grasses to mimic the nearby ocean. More


FormLA Mascot Dara Aoyagi promoted native meadow playgrounds October 7th


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals: Cassy@formlainc.com

Mark Britten, Production Manager: Mark@formlainc.com

John Avakian, Bookkeeping: John@formlainc.com

Noe Granados, Maintenance Care Supervisor: Noe@formlainc.com

Cara Barnard, Horticultural Care Technician: Cara@formlainc.com


Tour the Markota Garden

Sanchez Theodore Garden Tour Client Story: Michele Markota needed updates to the kitchen and the landscape of her home at the base of the trails of Eagle Rock. With two BBQ grills, birdbaths made from her favorite antiques, and a serene landscape featured on the 2009 Theodore Payne Foundation garden tour, Michele decided the kitchen can wait. More

Learn What to Expect (and Do) Post-Fire

By Cassy Aoyagi: Last week, heavy rainfall simultaneously contained the most deadly Los Angeles fire and reminded Angelinos of the dangers of erosion on desiccated slopes. While our ecosystems appear destroyed after expansive fires, great value exists on a burnt slope. More

Design to LEED® with Greenroofs

By Cassy Aoyagi: Rooftop foliage adds dimension and vitality to the best of views. It can also reduce energy costs, improve indoor air-quality, and earn high Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings. More

Win A Flowering Ground-Cover!

Congratulations to Barbara Cohen who correctly identified Adenostoma Fasciculatum as a lovely, sustainable option for creating a privacy hedge of delicate, creamy-white flowers. Learn about Adenostoma and enter-to-win a sustainable, flowering ground-cover. Win!

Receive 10% Off a Month of Maintenance!

Client referrals are the foundation of FormLA Landscaping’s business. Last year, FormLA began providing a 10 percent discount on maintenance for each client referral. This practice continues, as we truly cannot thank you enough for the impact your kudos have on our business and the level of joy we take in our work.


Expect FormLA teams…

  • leaving holiday pumpkins with recipes and wildflower seeds on client doorsteps… check them out and contact us if you would like seeding advice!
  • pruning conifers and other deciduous trees
  • feeding fruit trees
  • turning down irrigation controllers
  • planting fill-ins
  • continuing to cut back thriving natives and native grasses as they experience growth spurts through November
info@formlainc.com • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 • www.formlainc.com
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