La Loma Hosts Tour for Pasadena Garden Club
Marco Barrantes was delighted to give a tour of some of our projects to members of the Pasadena Garden Club. The club was founded in 1916 and boasts an active membership of enthusiastic gardeners and Pasadena locals. We took the club on a tour of several of our projects including a front yard kitchen garden, dry-stacked broken concrete terraces, an ornamental front yard with rusted metal planters, a chlorine to natural pool conversion, and a backyard with custom earthbag planters. It was nice to see how some of the new gardens are starting to grow in. You can view more photos from the tour on our Facebook page
We were also pleased to welcome special surprise guests from Homegirl Café, head chef Pati Zarate and Farm-to-Kitchen Coordinator, Sarah Leone. Homegirl Café is located in Los Angeles, and is a social enterprise of Homeboy Industries that trains young women and men in restaurant service and culinary arts. Pati and Sarah were looking for some ideas for a front yard garden which will provide additional herbs and veggies for use in the restaurant, to supplement the existing gardens they maintain close to the restaurant in Chinatown.
We hope that all of our attendees gleaned some whimsical inspiration for their own edible gardens!