HPGC Supporting Three Projects in 2019

In March the HPGC Board approved grant funding to three organizations in the area that are helping green Los Angeles: Grown in LA, The LA Neighborhood Land Trust and the Garden School Foundation. A grant was awarded to Grown in LA (GiLA) which is working to increase the amount of locally-collected and locally-grown native plant material in Los Angeles by creating a network of nurseries on underutilized sites in the LA region. Given the growing need for native plant material for public properties, including sizable LA River restoration projects, and the fact that there are very few nurseries providing local plant material, GiLA hopes to help fill this need. HPGC grant funds will toward develo

GCA NAL Meeting

GCA ’s National Affairs and Legislation Committee held its annual conference in Washington DC February 24-27. The annual conference is held to educate members about GCA’s legislative priorities, and assist delegates in effective lobbying about current issues. A new policy paper on Oceans was presented this year. See paper at this link. Sunday the 24th involved advocacy training and legislative updates. The second day was packed with compelling experts speaking on such topics as climate change, wildfires, ocean health, sustainable food choices, Audubon Society, the Botany Bill, Partners for Plants, Healthy Yard Project, National Scenic Byways bill. The third day was spent on the Hill in

Plastics in Every Part of the Ocean

There are plastic materials in every part of the ocean. That sad news was delivered by Katelyn Sullivan, Education Coordinator at the Aquarium of the Pacific who spoke to members and their guests at our March meeting. Hosted at the home of Melanie and Paul Boettcher, who served a delicious buffet dinner with dining inside and out with guests gathering in their historic home for the lecture. Sullivan told the assembled group not to lose hope because each one of us can make decisions daily that can prevent more plastics from ending up in the ocean. There was an extensive conversation among the group about what really makes a difference. Everyone was encouraged to use less plastic packaging, co

Nuccio's Nursery Hort Field Trip

About 15 HPGC members visited Nuccio's Nursery in Altadena and the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena on March 20th under stormy spring skies, but finding lots of bright color in the camellias for which Nuccio's is so well known for. The field trip, arranged by Horticulture chairs Judy Kirshner and Helen Hartung, was a big hit. Nuccio's Nursery is considered the prime producer of camellias and Azaleas in the U.S. and perhaps the world. The nursery was founded in Alhambra in the 1930's by two Italian American brothers, Joe and Julius Nuccio, and moved to its current six acre location in Altadena after WWII. Three descendants of the original brothers now operate the nursery, and our

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