You don’t want to miss the expanded 3rd edition of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, which has now become a giant eco-festival, celebrating Earth Week,
Saturday April 30 – 11am to 4 pm
Explore examples of drought resistant landscaping and edible gardens, learn about composting techniques and rainwater capture, see how many homeowners use energy efficiency, solar energy, and other sustainable practices to reduce utility bills and help the environment.
There are many personalized tour maps linked here.
We suggest you bicycle to cover more territory.
Check out the Windward School Learning Garden
created by Permaculture Designer Samantha Lyon
11350 Palms Blvd
Get inspired to implement some of these practices in our own neighborhood!
A brand new preschool has opened in our neighborhood!
Welcome news to those of us who remember the now defunct but wonderful Palms-Westminster Nursery School.
And this school is amazing!
The building is painted green, it’s called Green Beginning, and it follows green practices. They have 3 garden beds where they grow strawberries and tomatoes, they use 3 composting bins… something we should all be doing in our backyards. And these 2 to 5-year-old are learning these basic skills early in their lives.
If you have young children, please check them out. Their fall classes start September 9.
3047-3049 Roberston Blvd
- – EL
CalRecycle.ca.gov has dozens of resources and a video on sustainable landscaping for homeowners.
” Sustainable landscaping practices can produce significant economic and environmental benefits. Savings include reduced labor, water, and fertilizer costs, lower hauling expenses and disposal fese.” Grasscycling, composting, and mulching return valuable organic material to the soil, which increases the water-holding capacity of soil, reduces erosion, and conserves water. Proper watering, fertilizing, and pruning along with Integrated Pest Management can encourage healthier, disease-resistant plants and can reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxic runoff entering storm drains.
Also, visit the Home Gardening section! www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/Gardening/ - – DM
We are pleased to post the video of the April 2009 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase by filmmaker Samantha Lyon (Elisa’s daughter!)
Learn about edible gardens, perma culture, water conservation, next generation barbeques, worm bins, solar cookers, composting, fun outdoor toilets, and fertilizer.
- – DM