Come to Walgrove Elementary School to celebrate what’s growing on in your neighborhood. Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10-4 PM at 1630 Walgrove Ave. L.A., CA 90066. See flyer above for the list of exciting activities and events. And a big thanks, too, to all of our generous sponsors.
Wildlife in the Wildlands! This summer a mother duck built her nest in the tall grass of the Wildlands. She hatched seven eggs whose chicks quickly grew into a raft of ducklings. I happened upon them swimming with mama on a summer’s day. I had to zoom so as not to scare them. A mother duck is protective of her brood! They have since moved on to a bigger and better pond. We’ll miss them!
The Walgrove Green team is getting ready for another exciting year of gardening and Wildlands growing. Come out and share the love!
Before asphalt, Venice might have looked like this in the winter and spring months. This image borrowed from californiachaparral.com shows a Southern California vernal pool. They are bare, lifeless spots for most of the year, disguised by chaparral or coastal sage scrub. When enough rain falls, they come alive and take in their fill of water. Our urban environment has disrupted the natural flow of rain water down from the Santa Monica mountains to the beaches. Meaning that Walgrove–and the surrounding area–can no longer capture this flow in such seasonal pools. Still the Wildlands’ dry arroyo (aka bioswale) mimics this function for the campus by capturing run off from the higher point of the yard. A manmade pool is better than no pool at all.
UCLA students, parents, kids, and community members came together to weed, to mulch, and to water the Wildlands yesterday. Despite the drought, the native plants are thriving. The Toyon is bushy. The Matilija poppies and milkweed plants are propagating themselves across the garden. Fun to watch the landscape change with the seasons.