Today was the first of a flurry of talks and classes that I am giving in the next couple of months. Grounds and park maintenance workers from LA Department of Water and Power and the National Park Service, and Youth Environmental Stewards from North East Trees attended the first of a two-day seminar on Care and Maintenance of Drought Tolerant/Low Impact Development Landscapes offered by the LA San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council. We met at the TreePeople facility where staff gave the group a tour of the site – before the heavy rain started to fall – pointing out many of its sustainable design features including storm water retention, the large underground cistern, the educational La Kretz Urban Watershed Garden, and the LEED -platinum certified Conference Center.
During the day speakers (Betsey Landis, Ellen Mackey, Linda Eremita, and myself) discussed soils, plant selection and installation, water management, pruning and care, pests, and weeds. The second session will be a field practicum held on February 2nd at Rio de Los Angeles Park.
January 23, 10:30 am – 4 pm, Planting Party, South Pas Nature Park
January 30, 9:30 am – noon, From Lawn to Garden, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
February 2, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Care & Maintenance Seminar, LASGRWC, LADWP