Going native

1998: Garden that came with the house

2002: Interim garden with box hedge and lavender around oak saplings

2008: Garden in transition to strongly native with no built-in irrigation and only occasional hose watering. Plants in image: live oaks, irises, lavender, coyote bush, native honeysuckle, ceanothus, poppies and one very hardy tea rose. Paving part of a zero runoff water-capturing design adapted in Los Angeles to City of Santa Monica standards.

Emily Green, publisher of this website and writer of the “Dry Garden” column for the Los Angeles Times, will be speaking on December 8th at the California Native Plant Society on “A Decade of killing plants and learning from the survivors.” Snapshots, left, are examples from the period, from 1998 to 2008, during which Green began chronicling for the Times the transition from conventional to native gardening.

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Newhall Ranch hearing tonight, environmental impact comments sought

THIS CAME in late, but for those following Newhall Ranch development and Santa Clara River issues, there will be a hearing on the environmental review process tonight, June 11, 6:30 pm at Rancho Pico Middle School, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd, Stevenson Ranch, 91381. A California Native Plant society rally begins at 6pm. CNPS will focus on  the endangered San Fernando Valley Spineflower (once believed extinct) on the property in question and request a 120-day extension for comments as people review the environmental documentation.  Those who can’t attend but wish to comment should do so by e-mail to Newhallranch@dfg.ca.gov before June 26.

Via Stephanie Blanc, Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and Jessica Hall. Map from Wikipedia