Nominate Sustainable Gardens for GWNC Sustainable Garden Tour


Inventive parkway that is  more drought tolerant than grass
Inventive parkway that is more drought tolerant than grass

The Los Angeles Basin will continue to experience drought and higher temperatures for the foreseeable future.  In response, many people are removing water-intensive turf in favor of drought tolerant landscapes.  In order to help provide inspiration for those thinking of making changes, The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee will hold its first annual Sustainable Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event, which will also include educational seminars, will be free of charge and open to everyone. 

The GWNC is currently soliciting nominations for gardens to be included on the tour. Self-nominations are acceptable.  The gardens can be homeowner or professionally designed, and should meet the following criteria:

I.  Location

Within one of the 15 Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council area neighborhoods: Brookside, Citrus Square, Country Club Heights, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, La Brea Hancock, Larchmont Village, Melrose, Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews, Ridgewood-Wilton-St. Andrews Square, Sycamore Square, Western-Wilton, Wilshire Park, Windsor Square, and Windsor Village.

II.  Size and Location

Small and intimate or large.  Front yard only, back yard only, or both.

 III.  Irrigation

Primarily drip irrigation.

IV.  Plants

Drought tolerant plant palette, using either California native plants or those from similar climates such as South Africa, Australia, or the Mediterranean. Garden turf not to exceed 50%. Use of mulch to retain moisture.

V.              (Optional) Water Capture:

Use of rain barrels, cisterns, bioswales, etc.

VI.           (Optional) Pollinator Plants:

Attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.

Nomination Procedure:

Nominate your yard, your neighbor’s yard, or a  sustainable landscape in the Greater Wilshire area that you admire.

Send your application(s) to by May 20, 2016.

Be sure to include your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Phone
  • One paragraph narrative description
  • 2-3 photos

For more information, contact

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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