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Monday, September 26, 2016

Save the Date: Sustainable garden party to benefit Highland Park landmark

Photo by Martha Benedict

By Becky Koppenhaver

Urban Rancho, a sustainable garden party and fundraiser, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 15 to help restore the gardens of the historic Lummis Home in Highland Park.

There will be music, children’s activities and plenty of artists displaying and selling their works. The community is invited to attend the many workshops and speakers scheduled for the day to learn about organic gardening, composting, urban chickens, bee keeping, collecting rainwater and grey water and much more.

The party will raise funds to restore the water-wise gardens surrounding the century-old home of Charles Fletcher Lummis, an author, anthropologist, photographer and civic booster.  In 1987, horticulturalist Rob Perry remade the garden with plants well suited for Southern California’s climate and rainfall. However, the 2-1/2 acre garden now once again needs to be redesigned and refurbished.

Katharine Parra is leading the garden revival, explains an Urban Rancho press release:

“We want to restore and plants into the garden and fall is the best time to plant in Southern California,” says event organizer Katharine Parra, landscape designer who has lived in Northeast L.A. for 11 years.  With her Gung Hoe Garden Girls group, Parra aims to rejuvenate the gardens with plants that are appropriate for our Mediterranean climate such as sages, buckwheats, lavenders, rock roses, salvias and more.

 “The Lummis House is one of our landmarks here in Highland Park and it’s such a shame that the gardens are choked with weeds and in need of a good pruning,” adds Parra. “It’s time to bring those gardens back to their original glory for the entire community to enjoy.”

Parra and her organization will be collecting names of volunteer gardeners who would like to participate in the restoration.

Click here or a detailed schedule of events and speakers.

Details:
$10 suggested donation
Saturday, October 15, 10 am – 4 pm
200 East Avenue 43, Highland Park
323- 222-0546



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  1. I really wish I could attend this event. It sounds great. Unfortunately, I have to go to class this Saturday. Enjoy the day!

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