2019 Shirley Meneice Conference

HPGC Vice President Michaela Burschinger shares a moment with the real Shirley Meneice. The conference opened on Wednesday, September 11th at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The first day began with meetings as a Zone XII group where we shared ideas and learned about GCA initiatives. After lunch, we boarded buses to go to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm in the flood plain of Chatfield Reservoir and the South Platte River in southern Jefferson County, southwest of Denver. At Chatfield Farms, we toured in small groups the various gardens and learned about restoration efforts at the farm. I loved visiting the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild D

Watch This.

Patagonia put out a short twenty minute film on recycling that we feel is worth the watch. While it is a bit promotional, it also shows how broken the recycling infrastructure is, and focuses on recycling of fabric and clothing materials. The big message is: reduce our consumption. Use things for a longer time. Think before you buy. Thanks to Carolyn Bennett for sharing it with the club. #Conservation #recycling

HPGC Member Patricia Benner's Garden Featured in the Wall Street Journal

LUSH HOUR In the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, landscape designer Patricia Benner created a defiantly verdant yard without any water-hogging lawngrass. JESSICA SAMPLE FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, STYLING BY MERISA LIBBEY In July the Wall Street Journal wrote a feature story on a walled front yard in Los Angeles, designed by local landscape designer and HPGC member Patricia Benner that "skirted that risk, creating a “dry garden” that requires little water, and dispenses with thirsty turf while still sustaining nerve-salving verdure." Congratulations to Pat on this well-deserved recognition. Click here to read a pdf of the store. Or you can click here to read the article, WSJ login may be

HPGC To Collaborate with LA City Sanitation Department and GWNC on Biodiversity Study

The garden club has been invited to join forces with the LA City Sanitation Department and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council's Sustainability Committee to test pilot a Biodiversity Study using citizen scientists to record observations in their neighborhoods and backyards on the iNaturalist app. "We are the first neighborhood council to be working with LASAN on a pilot biodiversity project. Through this project we will be collecting data to understand the biodiversity of the Greater Wilshire area," explained Julie Stromberg, Chair of the GWNC Sustainability Committee who invited the garden club to be part of the pilot project based our efforts to support our local urban wildlife. The

Floral Arrangements by Michele at Larchmont Florist

HPGC's Marnie Owens interviewed Michele at Larchmont Florist. Here are some photos of three arrangements Michelle did for a small event at our house this summer. I like that she can do many different styles. These arrangements show her more organic free flowing style. How did you become interested in the flowers and creating flower arrangements? Ever since I was little, I was always exposed to the beauty of flowers because my mom always had them growing outside of our home. After I had my daughter, my husband encouraged me to start taking floral arranging classes. I heard a space was available on Larchmont in 1996, so we bought the store together and this is how I started my career in this i


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