Club Paddles the LA River

A hearty group of 6 HPGC club members and 2 guests joined Steve Appleton of the LA River Kayak Safari to paddle 1.75 miles of the LA River in the Frogtown area of Elysian Valley late Tuesday afternoon under cloudy skies. The lack of sun didn't dampen the group's energy and adventure however - with participants stunned by the beauty of the fast-paced river and the thrill of maneuvering six sets of bubbling rapids. The kayak tour was a Class II adventure that began with a bike ride up the river bikepath, some ground instruction on paddling techniques, "putting in" from a silt-formed island in the river and paddling for 2 hours downstream. Appleton shared some of the history of the river with t

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IT'S TIME TO GO STRAWLESS! We use 500 MILLION plastic straws every day in the U.S., many of which end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. And toxins from the plastics enter our food chain. If we don’t act now, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish. But you can change this! For a start, go strawless in September. Take the pledge to refuse single-use plastic straws. When you order a drink, tell the server NOT to include a straw. Save our seas! #STOPSUCKING For more information and to pledge, visit StrawlessOcean.com

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September Gardening To Do List

Here's a helpful September To-Do List from our Horticulture Chairs, Judy Kirshner and Helen Hartung Maintain: September can be very hot and dcary so remember to keep deep watering trees and shrubs every few week. Keep mulch thick 3-4 inches deep. Remember to keep it away from the trunks of plants. Prune shrubs, vines, hedges, drought tolerant plants and perennials. Open up trees with lace pruning so Santa Ana winds do not cause damage. Deadhead roses, do light pruning. Plant: At the end of the month, sow winter vegetables such as lettuce, kale, swiss chard, bok choy, spinach, broccoli and radishes. Plant started seedlings (again, at the end of the month.) The end of September is a good t

Why Plant Native?

Lisa Novick of LIFE (Landscape Integrity Films & Education) shared two wonderful short films with us. See more at the LIFE network.

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