Next time you visit the Topanga Community House you might want to check out the long hillside between the playground and the ballfield, if you haven’t really looked at it recently. The Native Plant Garden growing there was launched about a year ago as a joint project of the Earth Day Committee, the Watershed Committee, and the Community Club, with volunteer help from throughout the community, and last summer beautiful signs identifying many species, lovingly hand painted by kids in Marlene Frantz’ art class, were added. The 60 or so Santa Monica Mountain natives, like Hummingbird Sage, Sugar Bush, Elderberry, California Blackberry, and California Wild Rose, are in the midst of their second winter and most are well-established and thriving.
On Sunday February 28 at noon the Watershed Committee is hosting another planting day, open to anyone who wants to get dirty putting Chapparal Currant, Lemonadeberry, Hollyleaf Cherry, and other species into the ground. This is a great opportunity to get a little exercise, have fun with old and new friends, give back to the Community House and the local ecosystem, and learn a bit about planting and plants while you are at it, if you are so inclined. Everyone is welcome,
including students who need credit for community service. Volunteers should bring work gloves and water to drink and be prepared to stay 2-3 hours. Some tools will be provided, but definitely bring a shovel or hand spade if you have one. Participation is limited and an RSVP to Ben@EcologizeLA.com is very highly recommended to save your spot (participation is limited,) and also so we can let you know if there any changes to the plan.
For folks interested in protecting the natural environment of Topanga Canyon, sustainability, “going green,” and related topics, this event will also be a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with neighbors who share your interests and values. The purpose of the Watershed Committee is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all of the life of this amazing Canyon, and we welcome input and participation from everyone, from experts to neophytes and everyone in between. For questions, please use the email address above or call (310) 455-4156.