October 2010 Newsletter

FormLA Newsletter


Thank you to all of our dear friends, family and so many clients who went out of their way to give our son Yoshi such thoughtful gifts and loving support to both of us.

The out-pour of love was so touching and emotional for us… we were completely taken aback as each hand-made blanket, organic piece of clothing, creative gift and thoughtful card that arrived at our office and home. This has been an overwhelmingly beautiful experience, as all moms and dads know, the warmth from so many caring people really put the icing on the cake.

Our warmest and loving thanks to everyone!  Yes, Cassy was sleeping, even as we wrote this!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


FormLA Greens Cisco Home
View Outdoor Kitchens
Host Thanksgiving Outdoor
Lavatera vs. Hibiscus


Cisco Home
Pest Management for Professionals
LEED® Landscaping
Echo Park Home Tour


Rejuvenating Natives
Planting Fill-Ins
Pruning and Feeding Trees


New Team Member: Yoshi Aoyagi


The FormLA team would enjoy seeing you:

October 18, 2010:
FormLA Greens Cisco Home.

October 26, 2010
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM:

Cisco Home Art Event Benefits Children Mending Hearts.

November 4, 2010
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM:

Noe Granados teaches “Pest Management for Professionals,” sponsored by the City of Santa Monica (Bi-lingual).

November 9, 2010
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM:

FormLA President Cassy Aoyagi supports City of Santa Monica Green Building Program Advisor Brenden McEneaney in teaching Landscaping for LEED®.

November 14, 2010
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM:

Scott-Weich Garden on the Echo Park Home Tour.

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

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Contact us to request a sustainable landscaping presentation for your green organization.


Baby Yoshi Aoyagi

The Aoyagi Family

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi added a new team member. As of 8:00 AM September 25, 2010 Yoshi Aoyagi began sharing mascot duties with his older, furrier sister Dara.


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

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Get Green at Cisco Home, La Brea

Cisco Home La Brea ShowroomIndoor Garden Profile:
L.A.’s premier sustainable furnishing showroom just got greener! Simple, elegant and sustainable splashes of greenery now complement Cisco’s handmade sofas, chairs, unique local artwork and sustainable accent pieces. More

Discover Your Outdoor Kitchen Personality

Outdoor Kitchen PersonalityPortfolio Tour: Like their indoor counterparts, the success of outdoor kitchens rides on their ability to serve the cooking style and preferences of the chef. Envision yourself with the just-right view from the BBQ while touring our outdoor kitchen portfolio. More

Host a Hassle-Free Thanksgiving – Outdoors

Hassle-Free ThanksgivingTips: Hosting Thanksgiving is no small task. In addition to managing a lot of carefully-timed cooking, many of us also do a lot of last minute cleaning and staging. Hosting Thanksgiving out of doors can save a lot of time and hassle, simply by extending the timeline. Cara Barnard, head of FormLA’s maintenance team, provides her timeline for having your outdoor space in tip-top shape. More

Reuse Your Patio Pumpkin

Reuse Patio PumpkinTips: What’s perfect for the porch may also be just right for the table! FormLA Installation Manager John Cook’s lovely wife Jennie shares recipes from her organic catering service, Jennie Cooks, A Catering Company. More

Bring the Birds: Pittosporum or Rhamnus

Wet/Dry Exchange: Congratulations to wet-to-dry winners Carol Parker, Deborah Leamons, Frann Rosenblum Michele Markota, and Leslie Hope! Each won a gift certificate to Theodore Payne Foundation for identifying Lavetera as the big, beautiful bloom that outperforms Hibiscus. Learn more about the trade-offs between Hibiscus and Lavetara, or identify the screen that is truly for the birds in this issue’s Wet to Dry Exchange Quiz. Win!


While sprinklers and other irrigation may get some time off in October, FormLA teams will be working double-time to keep your landscape hassle-free and full of fantastic fall foliage. If you are not a FormLA client, the following may serve as a useful list of DIY or honey-do projects. In October, we will:

  • Leave holiday pumpkins on client doorsteps…Boo!
  • Prune conifers and other deciduous trees and feed fruit trees
  • Plant fill-ins
  • Continue to cut back thriving natives and native grasses as they experience growth spurts through November
  • Turn down irrigation controllers
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