Getty House Garden Hosts Garden Tour

Hundreds of neighbors and visitors from around the city gathered at the Getty House last week for the annual Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour. The proceeds from the garden tour will be donated to John Burroughs Elementary school for landscaping and gardens. HPGC members can be very proud of the garden, it looked wonderful! Special thanks to Pat Benner and Helen Hartung for their continuing efforts and to all those members who have worked at the garden. Congratulations to Cindy Chavatl Keene (pictured here with her family) who was honored for her tireless efforts to preserve the quality of life in our neighborhoods as president of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association Est. 1948.

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Judy Horton and Bart O’Brien on Mediterranean Gardens

Sunday 22 May – 16.00 – Private Garden in Arcadia
Reducing Your Lawn / Replacing with Mediterranean Plants
A talk and book-signing with Bart O’Brien of the latest book Re-imagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien.

This event will take place in a private garden in Arcadia designed by our very own Judy Horton. Judy will give a short talk about designing the garden by reducing the size of the lawn and replanting with mediterranean-climate plants: fig, olive and citrus trees, iris, lavender and tapestry panels of low growing mediterranean flowers, herbs and succulents. If you would like to attend this special event, please email for details. The cost is $20 for non-MGS members and $15 for MSG members.

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Feria de las Flores

It’s time to start thinking about our bi-annual in-house hort and flower show for members. Chair Anne Mansour has developed 6 great classes (or categories) to organize our efforts around this year’s Spanish theme.

We will celebrate our efforts with an exhibit and cocktail party at the home of Anne DeZonia on Monday, May 23 followed the next day by our annual meeting also at Anne’s home.

Feria de Las Flores Classes:
1. Succulent Balls
2. Mediterranean Cucina Garden  in a Container
3. Fine Art from the Garden – paintings, needle points. Also will include Jewelry created from pods, flora and fauna
4. Photography – Seminar for 10 people taught by photographer Deanie Nyman at Len Hill’s Home – Casa de Campanos. Images will form the basis of our garden history submission of this historic garden.
5. Horticulture – Specimens from our garden placed in a beer bottle
6. Terrarium – Lynn Hall, Floret will demonstrate and teach how to create a long lasting terrarium garden.

Please contact Anne to sign up! Everyone is urged to participate in at least one class.

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Partners with Plants

HPGC members worked at the Cedar Grove in Griffith Park on Tuesday, February 8 with the Park’s tree surgeon to clear away invasive plants from under newly planted cedars and adding new mulch. It was an amazing effort as you can see!

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden

Members gathered on Monday, March 14th at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont for a tour of the garden followed by lunch at Ginger Lincoln’s home. Special thanks to Bart O’Brien for a fabulous tour of the garden. Bart pointed out native plants that would work well in the clay soil of Hancock Park. He identified the various species of plants that are most suited to grown in our gardens as well. Ginger prepared a wonderful lunch following the tour at her fabulous mid-century style home that was actually built in the 1930s.

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Partners with Plants

HPGC members are invited to participate in a joint initiative of the GCA Horticulture and Conservation Committees, Partners with Plants that pairs local GCA clubs with federal, state and local public land managers to monitor rare, endangered, medicinal or invasive plants on federal, state and other significant public lands.

We will be meeting at the Cedar Grove in Griffith Park on Tuesday, February 8. We will work with Griffith Park’s tree surgeon to clear away invasive plants from under newly planted cedars and adding new mulch. Contact Carolyn Bennett for more information.

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November Meeting: Succulent Wreaths

Members got their hands in the dirt fabricating succulents wreaths under the direction of Michaela Cadiz, sister of Anne and Rosie. The results were spectacular — as you can see.

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Make An Old Fashioned Wreath at the LA County Arboretum

Make An Old-Fashioned Wreath! Using fresh greens (both the traditional and the unusual) from The Arboretum grounds, make a wreath to welcome in the holidays.

When:                  Tuesday, December 7 from 10 am – Noon
Where:                Ayres Hall
Instructors:        Marla Carter and Esme Gibson and Friends
Cost:                    $25 / $30 non-members (all materials included)

All wreath materials (an incredible variety of greens!), frame and wire will be provided.
Please bring your own gardening gloves and clippers, and any decorations you may wish to add to your creation.  This very special class is a tradition at the Arboretum and very popular, so please register early!

Reservations required; call Jill Berry, education director at (626) 821-4623 or email

Thanks to Carolyn for this information on wreath making at the Arboretum.

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LA County Ban Plastic Bags

Tuesday, the Los Angles County board of supervisors voted to ban plastic bags from local stores. The number one concern that plastic bags have is pollution. Neighborhoods and waterways have been littered with these bags and the problem is that they do not decompose.

The Plastic Bag Ban will start next year and stores will not be allowed to give out single-use bags. Instead, customers will now have to pay 10 cents for paper bags or use their own reusable bag. However, the ordinance will only apply to unincorporated parts of the county where an estimated 1.1 million people live. It does not include Los Angeles and other cities in the county. Let’s hope the City of Los Angeles takes up the issue soon.

Now is a great time to purchase our green reusable bags! Contact Rosie, the keeper of our bags!

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GCA Conservation Watch Now Online

Dear GCA Members:

GCA’s Conservation Watch is online now.  To view it on the GCA website  you must log in to the members only section and access the Publications section. Click on ConWatch.

The Fall, 2010 issue, titled “Crude Awakenings: Gulf Spill Update” features an update of the Summer issue which covered the Gulf Oil Spill in depth.  Find out what we know at this time about the consequences of this environmental disaster.

In addition, you will find articles about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding GMOs, potential risks of dyes in our food, where we are with Everglades restoration, exciting new agricultural research, and more.

Included in this issue are reviews of conservation projects by nine different clubs in seven of our zones.

You may also click here to download a pdf file which you are welcome to distribute freely.
Help spread the word.  Ideas for future topics are always welcome.

Click ConWatch_-_Fall,_2010 to download the file.

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