Innovation in the Foothills

Urban Edge. September 9, 2009. On September 9 the UCLA Ext. Student Chapter of the ASLA hosted an afternoon tour of innovative garden projects in La Canada. Cassy Aoyagi of FormLA and Brian Sullivan of Descanso Gardens led attendees through two of their recent landscape designs, discussing the history and design strategy of these projects. Sites visited were the drought tolerant garden at the La Canada Library and the vertical and roof gardens at the Sturt Haaga Galleries at the Descanso Gardens.

Save Money, Save Water, Stop Mowing

Apartment Age. July 2009. Water conservation mandates took effect June 1, 2009. Reducing outdoor water consumption will be key to avoiding stiff fines and rate hikes associated with high water consumption. Positioning properties to use less water can produce other cost savings, particularly when the plan involves replacing traditional lawns. In fact, Consumer Reports includes “thinking beyond grass” among its top 10 landscaping money-savers. Read More

Lush Water-Saving Hillside Terrace at Showcase House

HomeWizards with Cindy Dole. May 11, 2009. If you’ve been thinking of making some changes to your yard You want to go more drough tolerant, less water thirsty plants. Now is the time to take notes call in and get the answers first hand with me is one of the landscape designers who transformed this hillside into a masterpiece, Cassy Aoyagi, with FormLA Landscaping explains how she and her husband Kirk did this and how you can too!