One Thing You Can Do: Clean Greener

Thanks to President Jennifer Fain who shared this article from the New York Times Climate Forward newsletter written by Rhonda Kaysen. Spring is here, and, for many, that means it’s time for some serious housecleaning. But some of the products we use to make our surfaces shine may cause more harm than good. For example, many common household cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds, which easily become vapors or gases. They are known to trigger asthma in some people and can also cause headaches and allergic reactions. In a review of more than 2,000 cleaning products, the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy organization, found that 53 percent contained ingredients kn

HPGC at Virginia Robinson Garden Tour

Carolyn Bennett, Lisa Morrison and yours truly participated in this year's Virginia Robinson Garden Tour in Beverly HIlls. Carolyn assisted floral designer Louesa Roebuck with her foraged flora masterpiece in the front hall of Virginia Robinson's home. Roebuck spoke to the club in November. Last year Roebuck decorated the small butler's pantry off the kitchen, this year she was invited to welcome visitors in the entry hall. Lisa Morrison and her beverage brand Jardesca were poolside offering guests delicious drinks featuring Jardesca's California Aperitiva. Yours truly was merely a volunteer docent at one of the opulent Beverly Hills gardens on tour that day. Funds raised from the garden tou

Make the Healthy Yard Pledge

The GCA invites you to participate in making your own yard a healthy place. The majority of land in the United States is owned by private citizens like us and together we can make a real difference. Studies have shown that even very small amounts of pesticides, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals in our water can adversely impact human health. Taking the pledge is an important and simple step to a cleaner safer water supply. The Healthy Yard Pledge “I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weed killers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemica

HPGC Members Visit Grown in LA Nursery

Last week over a dozen HPGC members visited Grown in LA (GiLA) nursery in Griffith Park. At the March meeting, the club awarded a GiLA a grant to further their efforts to literally grow plants for LA in LA. It turns out that most plant materials for local projects comes from outside LA often as far away as Oregon. Grown in LA is working to create 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 developing the propagat

Your DUES are DUE by June 1st

It's that time of year again - all membership dues are to be collected by June 1st, 2019. Do to the increased cost of catering (but what delicious lunches we have), the dues this year are slightly higher. Active membership will be $397, Associate membership is $277 and Non-resident membership is $217. There are several ways to pay: 1. Mail in your check along with the card sent via snail mail to you, to HPGC 137 N. Larchmont Blvd, #720, Los Angeles CA 90004. 2. Bring your check to the May meeting and deliver it to Marla Ryan. 3. Bring your credit card to the May meeting and have Marla run it through our Square device. 3% credit card fees will be added to the swiped charge. 4. Go to the HPGC


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