We are happy to announce that a special project, in the works for over a year, has at last been completed. Author Rebecca Razo has included MBBG in her new book Quiet Los Angeles. It is the fourth in a series that includes Quiet London, Quiet Paris and Quiet London. "These guides offer both visitors and locals a chance to enjoy the quiet side of these lively cities, to find places off the beaten track, and explore enticing small museums or enjoy peaceful gardens.”
The MBBG board would like to express its thanks for the hard work and generosity of the many volunteers and supporters that helped establish, and who continue to tirelessly maintain, such a special and unique garden. Their efforts keep paying off and are noticed and appreciated more than ever!
Humans have occupied southern California for about 12,000 years. During this time, they have relied on local plants for food, tools, medicine, shelter and clothing. Kevin Curran, who teaches biology courses at USD in San Diego, has compiled an ethnobotany database that includes a comprehensive list of the native plants used historically by our local Native Americans.
Many of the plants discussed are native to the LA region and surrounding Mojave Desert. These plants have successfully adapted to the mostly dry and warm climate of the region. Certain southern California native plants evolved to survive in the extreme heat of the Sonoran Desert while others enjoy the cool, sea breeze of the Coastal Sage Scrub plant community. Provided on the database is a clickable list of the native California plantsthat have been useful in some way to the early settlers of southern California, organized into 3 parts:
List of the native plants used by Native Americans in southern California.
Brief discussion of the main Native American groups of the region.
Description of the plant communities of southern California.
Look for these new books on sustainable gardening coming soon to the new Manhattan Beach library, located at 1320 Highland. MBBG will be making the book donations as a means of encouraging and assisting the public to conserve landscape water in an Earth-friendly manner.
1. Natural Enemies Handbook, the Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control by University of California division of agriculture and natural resources
2. Designing with Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin
3. Ceanothus by David Fross & Dieter Wilken
4. Re-imagining the California Lawn: Water Conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O'Brien
5. The Jepson Manual - Vascular Plants of California by Bruce G. Baldwin, Douglas H. Goldman, David J. Keil, Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti, and Dieter H. Wilken
6. Landscape Plants for California Gardens by Bob Perry
7. Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra and adjoining Mohave Desert and Great Basin by Laird R. Blackwell
Title: Madrona Marsh Earth Day Fair sponsored by ExxonMobil, 2015 Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Contact: Madrona Marsh Admin Location: Madrona Marsh is located at 3210 Plaza Del Amo in Torrance.
Learn more at - www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com
Celebrate Earth Day by attending this free Fair sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center. Environmental Educators will be here exhibiting and will each have a booth. A food truck will be on-site to purchase lunch. Live animals, turtles to adopt, music, crafts and docent led tours are just some of the fun events happening at the fair. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
MBBG is building for a new tool shed, but not just any shed. In keeping with our mission of resource conservation education, this shed will demonstrate solar power, graywater use and rainwater harvesting.
Constructed of corrugated metal and wood, it will hold more tools for MBBG volunteers and the design will improve access to them.
MBBG thanks Chevron for a generous donation towards the project, as well as local architect Chris Conway who donated his time and skill creating the innovative design. We are presently seeking final contributions totaling $10,000 and plan to begin construction this year.
Please send donations to: MBBG - Tool Shed Project P.O. Box 1156 Manhattan Beach, CA 90267