GWNC Water-Wise Garden Tour This Saturday – Free and Self-Guided

Tour Water-Wise Gardens in Windsor Square and Ridgewood-Wilton on the 3rd GWNC Sustainability Committee Garden Tour

It’s garden tour season — time to get out and smell the roses, and everything else that is blooming after our wonderfully wet winter. This Saturday, June 22, 2019, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will host its second Water Wise Garden Tour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The tour is free and self-guided. Maps will be available at L.A. High Memorial Park, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005.

This year’s tour will showcase gardens in the historic Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Windsor Square and Ridgewood-Wilton, including a remodel of a classic 1922 home to LEED Platinum standards.

This Windsor Square rain garden will be be featured on the tour. This was was taken in March following the rain.(photo by Steve Matloff)

The one-year old garden was formerly a lawn, and now creates habitat using California natives, conserves water using drip irrigation and recharges the water table via a rain garden, all while providing a neighborhood-friendly environment. The edible garden is placed near the sidewalk to create a place to start conversations, meet neighbors, and share freshly picked veggies. The back yard was designed around a 50+ year old pineapple guava.

Others features include:

  • Universal design standards
  • Fruit trees utilizing laundry to lawn grey water
  • Mow or no-mow Carex meadow and parkway
  • Paving salvaged from the site
  • Solar panels

All gardens on the tour were nominated by Greater Wilshire residents. The review and selection of garden nominations was made by the GWNC Sustainability Committee.

This home was featured on last year’s GWNC Sustainability Committee Garden Tour
See more gardens like this one on the 2nd Annual GWNC Water-Wise Garden Tour this Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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