Check Out the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 30th!

by Sherri Akers

The MVCC Green Committee wanted to host a community event to celebrate Earth Day 2009 that would inspire our neighbors to conserve water.  Ideas were tossed around –eco block parties? An event with speakers on sustainability issues? What about a garden tour that featured sustainable and edible gardens? Could we even get enough gardens to show?

Three years later it has morphed into all of the above, featuring 80 gardens (36 new gardens this year!) and reaching over 2,000 people to provide inspiration across the LA basin and beyond.

What is the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase?  It’s a garden tour that features gardens that are drought tolerant or edible. It is all about sustainability – homeowners have torn out their lawns to conserve water or put it to a better use by planting edible gardens. All of them are eager to share what they have learned in order to inspire others to make the same choice.

This is the third year for the tour and it has grown to feature even more aspects of sustainability.  It’s also become a showcase of passions. Almost a third of the gardens have rain barrels, intricate water capture systems or infiltration pits. We feature new methods of farming – aeroponic tower farms and aquaponic. We have three gardens raising chickens! One garden will showcase the effort to revitalize the Monarch Butterfly population. In short, the tour has become a real life eco festival where you get the chance to see change in action.

Eighteen gardens will have their landscape designers on hand. What a great opportunity for those about to embark on this journey – to see the actual gardens and interview the designer and the homeowner rather than reviewing a portfolio!

Not surprisingly, many of these homeowners have taken steps to conserve both water and power. This year, we are highlighting those that have gone solar with their solar installers on hand to answer questions.

The tour is free and self guided. Most people enjoy making it a walking or bike tour. Take some time to preview each garden on our blog. There are six prearranged routes you can pick from as well as a special bike route. Or click through to the overall map and design your own custom tour!

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase – Saturday April 30th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

About the author:

Sherri Akers has a passion for learning how to reduce her carbon footprint and sharing it with others. As Co-Chair of the MVCC Green Committee, she has the good fortune of putting that passion into environmental community activism. Demonstrating that each of us can make a difference, the committee works to inspire the Mar Vista community and connect them with resources to tackle key environmental issues. Sherri and her husband live in a what they strive to make a green home – retrofitting a conventional Mar Vista house with drought resistant landscaping, solar panels and a host of water and energy conserving measures that have brought their water and power usage to well under half of the Los Angeles per person average.

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Comments (3)

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    Rafael O. Quezada
    April 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    How exciting, Sherri. This is groundbreaking work that demands wide coverage, so many active people contributing to help assure a more sustainable, better quality future for the unlikeliest biggest desert-city in the world that is about to demonstrate how we will survive.

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    Jeanne Kuntz
    April 7th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I know Sherri through my involvement with the Green Committee. She is the real deal. Works tirelessly to raise public consciousness and create real change in people’s habits.

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    LA Stormwater
    April 12th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the comments! Sherri is a remarkable woman for her passion for the environment, community and building a sustainable future. We think the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is a great event that she is putting together and encourage everyone to go check it out!

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