The Learning Garden at Venice High School - Cluster 5A


The Learning Garden was the first school garden started by community activists, setting the model for many of the other school gardens in the Mar Vista area. Attaching their endeavors to the existing gardening classes at Venice High School, The Learning Garden has been a beacon for the community since 2002. 

The entire garden is grown without any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer and depends on the soil food web to provide the plants with the appropriate nutrients. 

The garden is watered by hand; as a teaching institution, part of learning how to care for plants is watering them. Some passive water saving is employed, capturing runoff and sequestering it back into the aquifer. The gardens are well mulched. There are three or four (depending on the week) different ways of composting in use.

The Venice High School gardening classes expanded over the years and now the garden has UCLA Extension classes as well as gardens of medicinal herbs. Its cactus and succulent garden includes a strong showing of California natives.

Some plants are gown to supply seeds to the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA)

The garden has about 45 fruit trees, including some grafted onsite, as well as exotic fruits (papaya, cherimoya). 

There will be special Earth Day activities at the garden! 


10:00–12:00 Join us for a peaceful tour of The Learning Garden with co-founder Julie Mann. Hear the history of one of the most well known school/community gardens in the country. See the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Native California Garden, the student plots and more!

12:00–4:00   ASK THE EXPERTS. Our favorite experts will join us in the garden to answer all your burning questions!


3:00–4:00     COMMUNITY CIRCLE led by the Transition Mar Vista/Venice peeps. Wind down the day talking about what we can do to make our community more resilient in these times of peak oil, climate change, drought, economic uncertainty, and so forth.

Click here for more information about these events and some special guests.

Please note that you enter through the gate on Walgrove just south of Venice Blvd.

1 comment:

  1. We also mulch heavily and try to use French Intensive gardening techniques, placing the plants closer together to shade surfaces from our intense sun. There might also be some spring plants left from our plant sale earlier in the month - mostly veggies, but some herbs and a few ornamentals as well (succulents, CA Natives, roses and others). The tour is a great idea and I love how it's looking! Great job, Sherri!

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