Firewise Garden Tours

Learn to Beautifully Protect Properties from Fire and Slides

What presents the greatest dangers to homes in the Urban Wildlife Interface (UWI)? Where should homeowners start the home-hardening and firewise landscaping process? Why do native landscapes better protect homes from fire than turf, agave and hardscapes? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you tour LA properties with the experts.

Get Ready: Wilfire Webinar and Tour

This webinar is part of a series on preparing for natural disasters hosted by City of LA District 7 Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Experts from the Los Angeles Fire Department cover home hardening strategies, tree trimming and brush hazards, while Cassy Aoyagi guides a tour of a lush, leafy, shady Tujunga property.

Summer Firewise Tour

The thought-leading LA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) hosted this tour as part of its Firewise Tours and Education Series. David Hertz, founder, Studio of Environmental Architecture and Cassy Aoyagi share their expertise in hardening homes and creating firewise landscapes and walk you through their most firewise designs. Via the virtual tour format, you’ll see areas and strategies often not readily visible during in-person tours and perhaps even learn a little bit more.

Learn more about the firewise strategies we used in Mandeville Canyon.

More Information

Here are additional resources mentioned during the tour:

  • See More Firewise Educational Videos
  • See Our Firewise Playlist in Youtube
  • KTLA: Remove These Arson Grasses
  • Take Action When Fires Are Near
  • CalFire: Home Hardening Tips
  • 10 Steps for a Firewise Landscape
  • Expect Resilience Post-Fire
  • Prepare for Debris Flow
  • Fight Fire with Smart Design
  • Are You a Fire Fighter?
  • Disaster Preventing Plant Palettes
  • Disaster Preventing Plant Palettes
  • Plant Choice: Angels and Arsonists
  • Palm Trees as Fire Hazards
  • Combustibility of Landscape Mulches