Living and gardening in Los Angeles is a year-round pleasure for those of us with a taste for decadent, verdant gardens and the ability to create them on a "small water budget."
Over 44 gardens were open to the public, all incorporating such green vanguards as lawn-replacing ground covers, low water plants, edible gardens, drip irrigation, rain barrels, recycled materials, green roofs and much more.
The public was encouraged to walk or bike the 5.5 mile tour loop, but I drove because I'm not a local.
Good excuse, huh?
Those who self-propelled themselves through the tour were well rewarded with gorgeous, low water, organic and very green gardens.
Silver, creeping Dymondia, carpets the crevices of the flagstone walkway while pink Oneothera spills into the foreground.
The parkway is planted with easy care Dymondia and toffee colored Libertia peregrinans that looks like it's breaking through the ground.
The Nasella grass dances to the chorus "umber waves of grain!"
There were plant-driven focal points including:
Majestic Matilija Poppy resembles a fried egg without the calories and cholesterol
An edible artichoke takes center stage in this front yard garden.
It takes a few years to be rewarded with edible fruit after planting an artichoke, once a strong root system is developed.
This "lawn-less" front yard boasts succulents, wildflowers, grasses and a dry river bed to soak up the water when it rains.
This garden has "zero-tolerance" for water runoff!
Green hardscaping was also on display.
The driveway is also a pervious floor created with gravel and granite tile blocks.
This rain barrel is strategically placed in the corner of the yard where rainwater falls from the roof.
The red Cercis Redbud tree adds a lot of color to this water-wise garden.
Design by Johanna Woollcott.
I'll post some more photos of this idea-filled tour later this week!
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