Dedication and Demonstration Day

Dedication and Demonstration Day
Posted on 08/18/2015
Dedication Day

Dedication of the Drought Resistant Landscaping and Speed Learning Workshop at City Hall

Sierra Madre, CA. - August 18, 2015 - Please join the City of Sierra Madre and the Sierra Madre Garden Club this Saturday, August 22, 2015  for the dedication of the new Sierra Madre Civic Center landscaping project! The project has been designed and coordinated though volunteer efforts and is being funding through community donations and a grant from the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. The landscaping is designed to reflect an authentic California aesthetic perfect for the city’s climate and distinctive interests; it features the latest in irrigation technology, a wide variety of beautiful native blooms and foliage, and charming permeable walks.

Refreshments will be served from 9am to 9:15, when the dedication will take place. The formal ceremony will be followed by a 2-hour Speed Learning Workshop hosted by FormLA which will cover everything you need to know to create an aesthetic authentic to Sierra Madre for your home. There is a suggested donation of $20 per family to attend the Speed Learning Workshop, proceeds will go towards the planting of the new drought resistant landscaping. The Workshop will cover:

Authentic California Landscape Design

FormLA Landscaping experts will discuss what is in and what is out when it comes to landscaping Los Angeles in drought. They will share the key features of an authentically-LA landscape and provide tours of the new Sierra Madre City Hall Garden.
 • Cassy Aoyagi, president, FormLA Landscaping
 • Isara Ongswiseth, co-designer, FormLA Landscaping

California Native Plants
Developing an authentic, drought tolerant, landscape requires use of climate compatible materials. While natives of Australia, Chile, the Mediterranean Basin, and South Africa meet this criteria, California natives provide some unique advantages. Learn how planting native can save the world… or at least Los Angeles.
• Kitty Connolly, executive director, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants

The Latest Watering Infrastructure
Effective water infrastructure is the Spanx of landscaping: you can have the prettiest design and materials, but a solid structure is needed to carry off the look. Industry experts will showcase how to deliver just the right amount of water to your landscape.
• Raul W. Gonzalez, vice-president, industry relations, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply
• Bill Millward, district manager, Netafim