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08-Jack’s Garden




Saturday April 15 | 10am - 5PM

Private Residence

Design & Care: Urban Farms LA (Sophie Pennes)

Garden Size: 2,300 sq. ft., front

Started: 2022

This corner lot with almost full sun exposure was grass for decades before being re-planted in November 2022 as a part of the LADWP turf replacement program. With nearly 2,300 sq. ft. of space, we tried to balance cohesive calmness and spontaneity. Now five months old*, the garden has a few hundred California native plants, fruit trees, garden boxes, two dry creekbeds, a bubbling fountain, and a baby coast live oak tree. Come on down!

While the Garden Tour has traditionally featured established gardens (2-3 years or older), Jack’s Garden was selected to share the process of lawn removal in light of the new drought restrictions and rebates.

Notable Plants
Foothill Penstemon

Snow Flurry Mountain Lilac (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Snow Flurry’)
Ashyleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum cinereum)
Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)
Foothill Penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus)
Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla)

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I’m here today at my client’s garden in West Adams to demystify the lawn removal process and show you what it can look like if you remove your lawn, and in just a few short months, have a beautiful native ecosystem. …And that may be something different than what we’ve been told a garden should be, which is “green all the time” or “blooming all the time”, but really should be something more realistic and more natural. To us life is… underbrush, dry seed pods that get to stay on the plant for birds to eat, its mushrooms coming up, it’s the interaction of species within the space. We are really excited to have the opportunity to show people what a Spring of Life means when you embrace native plants and you use a very little amount of water, in fact, the appropriate amount of water that we get in California.”

—Sophie Pennes