Drought tolerant gardens – Guest Speakers

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Low Water Usage, Solutions and Garden Demonstrations:   9am – 4pm

Sierra-Madre-740px-8-11-20141  Hike to First Water  Mt Wilson Trail

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LisaNovickLisa Novick is Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants.  Ms. Novick earned a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA and a Professional Clear Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from CSULA. Since joining the Theodore Payne Foundation in 2007, Ms. Novick designed and implemented the Foundation’s innovative K-12 Education Program, a science and social studies curriculum that incorporates math, art, language arts and kinesthetic learning and is California Department of Education Core Curriculum-based. As a grant writer for the Foundation, Ms. Novick has helped raise more than a million dollars for new facilities and the Foundation’s education and horticulture programs. Ms. Novick has designed and installed more than 30 native (and edible) landscapes across the Los Angeles region in schools and public spaces.  At the international Eco Summit in 2012 and the California Native Plant Society conference in 2015, Ms. Novick presented three Los Angeles case studies in urban ecological revitalization through landscaping with native plants at school sites and public commons. A published writer in literary short fiction, Ms. Novick blogs for the Huffington Post and is at work on a book of creative non-fiction.


Kensington Sierra Madre  entry gardens



Kensington Sierra Madre
245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre  CA 91024

WaterwiseNowKelley Hanna WaterWiseNow

Kelley Hanna, founder and owner of Plant Goddess Landscaping, has over 15 years experience as an award winning and featured sustainable landscape designer and contractor, converting high water use gardens into water wise, California Friendly, beautiful landscapes. Hanna is a certified professional and qualified trainer for G-3, The Green Gardens Group, a Los Angeles based company focusing on outreach and education promoting sustainable landscape practices.

Founded by landscape professionals Kelley Hanna and Jessyca Frederick, the
mission of Water Wise Now (www.waterwisenow.com) is to help homeowners use
less water in the landscape. With over 15 years experience in the trenches,
we are experts at converting high water landscapes and irrigation systems
into drought-friendly, water wise gardens with efficient irrigation
systems.  Rather than opening an irrigation superstore aimed at
contractors, we’re focused on educational content for homeowners, using as
little jargon and industry speak as possible. In addition to retail sales
of water-reducing irrigation equipment, our site features projects that
help customers diagnose problems, order replacement parts, and install them.

Kelley has kickstarted her own water conservation campaign, raising awareness for our
irrational attachment to green grass in a dry region, and providing homeowners an actual path to using less water through a new website, Water Wise Now (waterwisenow.com).


FormLA2 Cassy Aoyagi



Transforming LA with Outstanding Landscapes


FormLA Landscaping is transforming Los Angeles one lush, beautiful, sustainable landscape at a time.


We believe you and Los Angeles deserve our best.  Choosing optimally sustainable materials benefits our whole community, while choosing native foliage ensures Los Angeles rocks a look distinctive from anywhere else in the world.  Whether we are creating a smart LEED® landscape design, impeccably crafting hardscapes with sustainable materials and practices, or ensuring your landscape thrives, our work is infused with the knowledge that our work can save the world… or at least LA!   In providing beautiful, architecturally significant landscapes, we are:

  • Supporting the health of all who use the space,
  • Enhancing LA’s independence from external water sources,
  • Facilitating neighborhood cohesion and safety,
  • Lessening our communal tax burden, and
  • Protecting our oceans, wild lands and water sources.


Owners Kirk and Cassy Aoyagi founded FormLA in 1997 as C&K Landscape Design, Inc. After 12 years creating noteworthy landscapes throughout Los Angeles County, we adopted the name FormLA to better reflect our growing  team, commitment to sustainability, and the depth of our expertise.

– See more at: http://www.formlainc.com/about/#sthash.yqu4xzrY.dpuf

 Los Angeles Arboretum Expert – Mr. Frank McDonough

Frank McDonough, Botanical Information Consultant for the
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Topic: Low Water Use Vegetable Gardening

The recent historic drought here in Southern California has caused many homeowners to re-evaluate, re-assess, and eventually re-design and replant their landscapes with water saving plants and hardscape. Unlike landscaping though, vegetable gardening cannot be made water saving just by plant choice, however there are new methods and technologies that you can use to save water in your vegetable garden.  Join Botanist Frank McDonough as he goes over these strategies that you can implement to make your garden less water hungry.

Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden botanist Frank McDonough is highly questionable…it’s his job. Every year he answers thousands of plant related questions from government, business, and private individuals. Like a detective on must-solve case, Frank uses the Arboretum’s vast store of horticultural literature, his internet search skills, and his own 30 years of experience as a nurseryman & botanist to track down the answers. From “what’s eating my plant?” to “what evidence would a man-eating plant leave?” the riddles he solves are as varied as the residents -both pink and green- of the county he serves.

Mr. McDonough graduated with a botany degree from Cal Poly Pomona and has worked in the horticultural industry for over 30 years. He has also been certified as a California Nursery Professional and he holds a current California Pest Control Advisors License. With the Arboretum since 1998, he has appeared a guest expert on the DIY channel, the Gardening Channel, Spike TV, the History Channel, and recently the Weather Channel. From 2004 until 2009 he hosted “Gardens of California” a live televised college course on gardening watched by over 50 thousand people a week on channel 36 in Los Angeles and channel 64 in Pasadena.

When Frank isn’t gardening he’s singing jazz or exploring caves.

Frank McDonough
Botanical Information Consultant
The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3236
Days: Tuesday through Saturday
blog: http://arboretumplantinfo.blogspot.com/

My job is to answer your questions about plants and just about everything related to them.Did you see Frank’s recent lecture notes for Valentine’s Week?

Links for the Arboretum Love Potions Tour

Valentine’s Day “Love Potions” Tour

Hope everybody had a great time on the tour. Here’s some of the links to the plants I mentioned, and others to some I haven’t:













Position: Principal Landscape Architect
Technical Expertise: Landscape design, construction documents, construction observation, site and recreation planning, design and plan review, written reports and guidelines.
Professional Experience: Anna Armstrong has 35 years of experience in landscape architecture and planning, including management positions in two firms prior to starting her company in 1991 and being joined by Richard Walker. She has a strong knowledge of project planning and development process, and has managed many projects from schematic design through construction administration. Her expertise includes coordination with clients, government agencies, and other consultants, cost estimating/project budgeting, project and construction administration, and facilitation of community meetings. She has strong writing skills and has completed many successful proposals, project reports, Specific Plan and General Plan elements, and site-specific master plans. She is familiar with a wide range of plant materials, especially California native and drought tolerant plant species.
Credentials: B.S., Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Licensed Landscape Architect #2293, California
California State Board consulting landscape architect and scorer for licensing exam
Part-time instructor, UCLA Extension, Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants, Cal Poly Pomona
Past President, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts – Mt. Wilson Vista Council

Position: Principal Landscape Architect
Technical Expertise: Landscape and irrigation design, construction documents, and construction observation
Professional Experience: Richard Walker has 36 years of experience in landscape design, installation, and landscape architecture, including work with several noted landscape architectural firms in the area prior to joining Anna Armstrong in 1991. He has an extensive background in commercial, residential, and recreational landscape design, and has played an integral role in the management and production of design and construction documents for many such projects. His specific expertise is in the area of irrigation design; he has completed irrigation designs and installation checks for a number of parks and municipal projects utilizing state of the art, water efficient equipment including “smart” control systems, central computer control, reclaimed water systems, underground drip irrigation, and solar powered controllers.
Credentials: B.S., Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.A., Environmental Planning, California State University, Northridge
B.S., Natural Resources, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Licensed Landscape Architect #3478, California
California State Board consulting landscape architect and scorer for licensing exam
Part-time instructor, U.C.L.A. Extension and Theodore Payne Foundation for native plants

Urban Design/Streetscape – Commercial district improvements, landscaped median islands, streetscapes, and entry statements, traffic control projects, community plaza, residential neighborhood improvements, parking district renovation.
Municipal & Institutional – Airport expansion, regional transit center & bus station; demonstration garden at L.A. Co. Arboretum, irrigation planning for Huntington Gardens, new school projects, high school and elementary school renovations/additions, new community college building, site design for private university campus, municipal reservoir projects, library and city hall improvements, new and renovated church facilities and grounds, hospital and senior living master planning and phased implementation, grounds design for senior living and rehabilitation facilities.
Commercial – New and renovated shopping centers, office buildings, medical offices, communal parking & outdoor use area for commercial district, hotels and restaurants.
Parks & Recreation – New city parks and major renovation of existing parks, Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland, private museum/entertainment complex, driving range/practice golf course.
Planning & Environmental Assessment – City-wide median islands master plan, Parks & Recreation Element of a city General Plan, needs assessment study, master planning and design for Girl Scout camps and service centers.

Plan Check/Design Review – Landscape plan checking for local cities reviewing proposed residential and commercial plans for adherence to water conservation ordinances, tree protection ordinances, and city landscape requirements.

Revegetation/Drought Tolerant Landscape Design – Natural landscape restoration following sand & gravel mining, erosion control planting & native landscape restoration at S.C. Gas Co, facility, landscape buffers for rock quarry and processing plants, California; renderings for M.W.D. water conservation garden.



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