Category Archives: California Native Plants

Island Bush Poppy Blooming Downtown

Bush Island Poppy

Island Bush Poppy

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Ofrenda Viewing

2011 Ofrenda

Flowers that have been placed on the ground

Skull Candles on The "Altar"

2011 Ofrenda @ LASHP

From November 2nd- November 7th The Anabolic Monument will be host to a public viewing of the Ofrenda that they built in the park. The word Ofrenda translates to offering and it is set up to celebrate and honor ancestors. For those interested please stop by to celebrate and view the Ofrenda of the Day Of The Dead, or Dia De Los Muertos. We have stopped by a few times and it is absolutely stunning. Above you can see our images from our viewings this year, and below we have one image of last years Ofrenda. For more information you can email Olivia- chumacero13@gmail.com

2010 Ofrenda

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Your Weekly Polaroid

Growing California Poppy

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An Evolving Landscape

The area in front of our LASHP office has gone through a series of interesting changes since we moved in back in November 2008. We started out with pretty much nothing but a view of the skyline. Seeing that the front yard could use a little love, our neighbors from Metabolic Studio/Farmlab stepped up by planting some deer grass and then seeding the front with a wildflower mix. The result was a lovely, if slightly surreal array, of large, colorful sunflowers dotted with native California poppy and arroyo lupine.

June 2009

By the following spring, we realized with dismay, that invasive African daisies had hitched a ride in the previous season’s wildflower mix and were taking over, crowding out our native poppies and lupine. So we went to battle, eradicating the pests in preparation for Earth Day and a new palette of native trees and vegetation.

Arroyo Lupine loosing ground to the invaders

Earth Day 2010 - April

The plan was to get a head start on the final park design which envisions the northern end, where we’re located, as natural habitat and future connecting point with the Los Angeles River. Less than a year later, our tiny trees have come along way. And though we still find ourselves pulling the occasional African daisy, we’re pleased with how our new plants are coming along. White sage, deer grass, fushia, toyon, ceonothus, and more have taken root, and while we haven’t been without set-backs, namely loosing a lot of sage to over-watering (an unfortunate combination of heavy rainfall and irrigation) we see the garden as a successful work in progress. Stay tuned to learn more about native plants and watch our garden grow.

Volunteers planting our Earth Day saplings

Happy Trees - Autumn 2010

Native Plants - Winter 2011

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