Christmas in April

Posted on | April 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

Homeowners unite for water conservation and environmental quality. This garden on Redwood Avenue in Los Angeles is one of the 80 on the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase tour this Sunday, April 25, from 2-6pm. Admission Free. Click on the image for more information.

Poppies and artichokes at a Redwood Avenue garden in Los Angeles, part of Sunday's Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase. "What says California better?" asks homeowner-designer Marilee Kuhlmann. Photo: Leigh Curran. Click on the image for a map to the Kuhlmann-Curran garden.

Regular readers of this site know its aversion to chronological gimmicks. Water Day. Ride Your Bike to Work Day. Ignore the Days Day. But this Earth Day event is so damn impressive, so much more than an empty hoorah by self-styled goodniks, that it amounts to Christmas in April. Every year residents of Mar Vista invite the public into their gardens to help anyone who is interested learn how to convert turf into gardens that are spilling over with food and flowers.

“This free, self-guided garden tour is all about water conservation,” write the organizers. “These homeowners have all made choices to eliminate or reduce turf lawns and have created gardens that thrive in our Southern California climate while using minimal water … There are 80 gardens, all in Mar Vista, and the homeowners will open their gardens to you on Sunday April 25th from 2 to 6. They will be there to answer your questions and share their passion and their resources.”

Click here for more information, on Sunday just go to the sign-in booth at 3972 Coolidge Avenue in Los Angeles.

This is a wonderful project. If every neighborhood had one, if every community dreamed aloud quite so brilliantly, and quite so beautifully, think of the possibilities: Instead of the roar of lawnmowers and stories of water crisis on the news, it would be salad days. Click here for more information. See you on the tour.


2 Responses to “Christmas in April”

  1. Ilsa Setziol
    April 21st, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    thanks for this and all the good stuff.

  2. LA Stormwater
    April 21st, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    The LA Stormwater Program will be attending the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase. Make sure to sign up for the LA Stormwater e-Newsletter at the sign-in booth to stay up to date on news items such as plans to expand the Rainwater Harvesting Program.

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