Green Gardening

Xeriscaping: Sustainable planting for drought-tolerant landscapes.

Location: Mar Vista, CA
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Jul 28, 2012

Discussion Forum

Green Gardener Survey

Started by James Brennan Jul 24, 2009.

Turf-Busters... Top Lawn Replacements 1 Reply

Started by James Brennan. Last reply by Sherri Akers Sep 8, 2008.

Drought Declared in California

Started by James Brennan Jun 6, 2008.

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

12833 Rose Avenue

Special Guest:  Cindy Hardin of the Los Angeles Audubon Society

Friends and neighbors have told me while visiting my garden that it's a slice of heaven in the neighborhood.  On days when the sunlight hits the garden just right—I definitely agree with everyone, the garden is breathtaking.

The majority of the plants in the garden are succulents, South African and Australian plants. Almost every plant is from a cutting, a seed or a volunteer. At one point I had a strict color palette, but I let that go when I found beautiful volunteer flowering plants brought courtesy of seed deposits from the birds.
Happy accidents happen in the garden all the time. Once in a while I'll reward herself with a plant purchase when an amazing plant is too hard to resist.

I don't use any fertilizers or pesticides—which is greatly appreciated by all kinds of butterflies, insects and birds. My only watering method is hand watering and rain from Mother Nature. I do all the maintenance, which is great exercise, rewarding and therapeutic. Another added plus is that since I'm outside all the time, I get to meet all my neighbors and make new friends. I love to give away plants and offer gardening tips and information—after all isn’t that what a garden is for? Great help from XYZ Designers and Best Solar.

Comment Wall

Comment by Sherri Akers on September 4, 2008 at 8:35am
We planted our garden last October and I am still learning - would love to see what others have done and learn from your expertise!
Comment by A Few Good Ideas on March 4, 2009 at 5:08pm
I recently added this to the Sustainability group but just as relevant here in Xeriscaping: The closest free city mulch made from our Green bins has now reopened near the old site at 6000 West Jefferson 90016 but the trick is they relocated it to the rear of the property. Driving Eastbound on Jefferson after Culver City ends and LA begins look for 6000 W. Jefferson but then turn right on Holdredge Ave. 1 block and right on Bowcroft Street 1 block to the end. The mulch pile is on the right next to the chain link fence. Didn't seem to be gated so it should be available 24/7. The city replenishes it every few weeks or days depending on use. Bring your own shovel, bags, pickup truck etc.
Comment by John Ayers on March 14, 2009 at 5:45pm
Hey All...
Check out the EVENT I recently posted...

Million Trees LA, Friends of Beethoven, Mark Twain and Marlene Canter join together this spring, to plant hundreds of trees.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 9AM, Million Trees LA and Friends of Beethoven welcome you to come out to plant trees in the community.

Because of your support, the first 200 volunteers (*must be DWP customer) will receive a FREE fruit tree to bring home and plant in their own yard!

At 9AM on March 21st, bring a pair of gloves and a smile to the
corner of Beethoven Street and Lucille Ave. in front of Beethoven Elementary.

Comment by Jacki Paddock on August 22, 2009 at 6:51pm
Are you planning any upcoming meetings? If so I am interested and also offer a space where the group could meet.
Jacki Paddock
Comment by Layla on October 26, 2009 at 6:04pm
I'm interested in a community garden in the Mar Vista area as the Ocean View Farms waiting list is about 2 years long. Anyone else want to talk about it?
Comment by Katie Lee on February 8, 2010 at 1:13am
Comment by Tony Crawford on March 30, 2010 at 1:44pm
Can't wait to see you all on the garden tour!


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