Sober from lawn

KILLING grass is relatively easy. Don’t water it. However, creating a beautiful, low-maintenance garden in its stead is the hard part. Help is at hand. From a large selection of dry gardening courses offered this summer, the theme that dominates is how to transition from lawn to a drought tolerant garden, one step at a time.

July dry gardening events

WE CAN change the world … by treating it sensibly and artfully. What’s more, for Western gardeners, it’s fun. Click here for a full calendar of dry gardening events around Southern California. If you like the look of the Epilobium californica pictured below and blooming now in native gardens across the region with scarcely a drop of water, don’t miss Lili Singer’s “Look Ma, no lawn!” courses for the Theodore Payne Foundation

Epilobium californica. Photo: Native Sons. Click on photo for link to Native Sons nursery

Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation












Weekly Drought Map

Every Thursday, this site links to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weekly Drought Map. The bad news for Southern California, we’re not only on it, the tan shading indicates severe drought. The good news: There are a number of efforts being made to conserve water. To find them for California, go to Dry Gardening Resources and Dry Gardening Events or a new LA Times column The Dry Garden.

Dry gardening column begins in LA Times

No, it wasn’t Saturday’s chorus of boos over the interview with the landscapers of the new Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters. It is the beginning of a weekly column, The Dry Garden, dedicated to ways to conserve water in the garden, whether that garden has lawn or a saintly collection of Mediterranean and native plants.

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