11430 Kingsland St - Cluster 2

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This large garden reflects the owners' growing awareness of the components of sustainable gardens and importance of California native plants - as well as a love of home grown edibles. The Main Gardener is a Green Garden Showcase organizer. 

The garden has evolved over many years and, like an archaeological dig, contains many layers. Camellias planted when this 1948 house was new still bloom profusely. The owners’ green journey began in 2002 with the garden's first ever landscape design (by Linda Endler). This effort removed the lawn, added many trees and defined the basic shape of the garden with DG and broken concrete pathways. When the front yard lawn cover failed, the owners spread redwood chips instead and turned off some sprinkler heads. 

In March, 2010, Gary Kamisher of Gary's Greenery installed drip irrigation, planted the "lawn" area and updated the parkways, using many of his favorite Australian and California natives as well as other eco friendly plants. Old mingled with new in a wonderful mélange.

In 2012 the homeowners added four raised beds for edibles, bringing the total to six beds and 140 square feet. Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd provided a 2014 spring planting plan.

Darla Murray Design is completing a major garden refresh just in time for the Showcase. The owners presented Darla with the following goals: make the garden more drought tolerant, favoring California native plants, and easier to maintain; tame the parkways (the Santa Barbara daisies and an invasive geranium were beautiful but out of control); reduce overcrowding. The result is stunning! 

Darla added many new California natives and enhanced the walkways. Some plants were relocated; others found new homes in other people's gardens. The owners especially love the addition of a dry stream bed. There is so much to look at in this garden!

Darla Murray will be at the garden to answer your questions. Guest presenter RepowerLA will have information about free home and business energy upgrades available from LADWP. Printed tour maps will be available.

In addition to the garden, visitors can see several energy upgrades: a tankless 
water heater, solar panels (installed by Constant Solar in 2010) and a recently installed EV charger for which the homeowner received a $2000 rebate. A new weather-base irrigation controller qualifies for a $200 rebate from DWP.