September 2009 Newsletter


As we head into fall, we look forward to seeing your native plants and grasses rejuvenate and bloom with the cooler weather. We also look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions about our services.

On Friday September 18, those of you who are clients will receive our client survey. Please watch your inboxes for an email from Cassy (or, if you’ve requested paper communication, your mailbox). Your happiness is important to us, and we will use your feedback to improve our products and services.

Many thanks for your willingness to share your thoughts and opinions!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Sustainable Landscape Grants
FormLA Portfolio Page
County Landscape Subcommittee
Win – Wet or Dry


Coastal Hike and Learn
Native Plant Garden Design
Wild Eats Hike and Learn


What to Expect
FormLA Maintenance Tasks


Meet John Cook
Meet the FormLA Mascot
Coastal Hike and Learn


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

September 18: Watch for the FormLA Client Survey

September 19: Hike and Learn at the Coast with Cassy and Kirk. Get details

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

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


John Cook

Meet John Cook
Avid surfer and environmentalist John Cook ensures FormLA designs come to fruition in the field, visiting our build sites daily.
Read John’s Biography

Cassy and Puppy

Meet the FormLA Mascot
Dara has arrived…for proper puppy socialization she needs to meet 100 more people in 4 weeks, so be on the lookout for the little rascal!

August Hike

Hike and Learn at the Coast
Hikers enjoyed amazing city and ocean vistas, as well as unusual rock formations and distinctive plant communities on our August hike. The bridge at mid-way provided a great place to rest, snack and rock climb.
Get Hike Details


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals:

Mark Britten, Production Manager:

John Avakian, Bookkeeping:

Noe Granados, Maintenance Care Supervisor:


Earn Funding for Sustainable Landscaping

Sanchez Theodore Garden Tour The City of Santa Monica will provide up to 50 percent or $5000 for sustainable landscaping of any type of property within the City of Santa Monica. Three FormLA clients earned grants to add qualified irrigation equipment and climate-appropriate plants to their parkways. Many L.A. cities have similar incentives.
Find Out If You Are Eligible


It’s now possible to view the distinctive, sustainable custom landscapes created by FormLA Landscaping at a glance! See a range of outdoor living spaces, including water-wise fountains, handsome barbeques and fire pits, as well as lush, colorful natives.
View the FormLA Portfolio

Win – Wet or Dry!

Win the FormLA Wet to Dry Exchange and plant a nice, big dry one wherever you like! Both Salvia Splendens and Zauschneria offer fiery red blooms that can bring life to dry, late summer landscapes. Guess which plant lives dry and which will drink you out of house and home.
Win the Wet to Dry Exchange

Aoyagi to Serve on County Subcommittee

Aoyagi now represents the Theodore Payne Foundation on the L.A. County Green Building Landscape Subcommittee. The subcommittee, which includes landscape architects, county planners, and representatives from four L.A. County-based garden foundations, is tasked with developing a local mandatory drought tolerant plant list consistent with the California Department of Water Resources’ Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance by April of 2010.


Watch for…

  • your native plants to rejuvenate and come alive as summer temperatures cool
  • the heat to take a toll on thirsty plants…consider swapping them for drought tolerant natives and Mediterraneans
FormLA teams will be…

  • cutting back thriving natives and native grasses as they experience growth spurts through September and October
  • setting irrigation systems to water less often and more deeply to help existing landscapes establish tolerance to drought conditions
  • identifying garden areas to fill-in with fall planting
  • evaluating the fall and winter pruning needs of trees • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 •
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