11555 National Boulevard - St Andrews Church

This wonderful garden at St. Andrews Church is an Eagle Scout project

All photos by  Andy Kenney, Eagle Scout, Troop 1    

Sixteen year old Andy Kenney, a member of St. Andrews Church and Boy Scout Troop 1 created this garden as an Eagle Scout project. The garden was financed entirely through donations. Volunteers performed all the labor over two weekends in March, 2012. Forty-five people assisted in the project for a combined total of 324 hours of labor.

The main purpose of the project was to replace non-native vegetation (approximately 2000 square feet of turf) with plants that are typical specimens for climatic conditions similar to those of coastal Southern California.
The flowering plants are attracting pollinating bees and birds to the garden. Many local passersby now stop to admire the area where they simply walked past before. The use of decomposed granite in the bed beneath the existing architectural trees is sloped to enhance runoff towards the main garden area.  The use of shredded wood products as mulch provides natural nutrients to the plants and is easily renewed at little or no cost. Free compost from City of Los Angeles was used to amend the clay soil prior to planting.
Although the garden is irrigated from a traditional sprinkler system, the spray pattern and duration have been gradually decreased as the garden has matured. The garden is currently irrigated only twice-weekly for 5 minutes per session at 4 a.m.
Plans are being considered to replace the remaining turf-portions of the property with similar plantings.

Landscape designer/Eagle Scout Andy Kenney will be at the garden to answer your questions. LADWP energy efficiency and water conservation experts will be there with energy and water saving tips as well as information about rebates available through Energy Upgrade CA and SoCalWater$mart programs. 

The Eagle Scouts are selling baked goods and coffee/tea in the morning as well as hot dogs and sodas around noon to raise money for other projects. 

Park and bike! You can park your car at the Church while you bike to other gardens on the tour.