Garden tour to offer breath of fresh air

February 12, 2014 by  

A mere 20 minutes from Torrance, a unique garden exhibition is underway. At the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, innovative ideas for eco-friendly landscaping are on display. Showcased elements include a compost wall that accommodates grass clippings and tree branches, a retaining wall constructed from cement and soil, and blocks of wood transformed into bee motels.

Permanent gardens at the museum feature drought tolerant plants and a children’s area aptly titled the ‘Get Dirty Zone’, with lots of activities to keep curious minds and hands busy. Informational signs throughout are done in a fanciful script with wording that appeals to children and works for adults. Bug nests are “homes” with inhabitants that help humans, and earth is building material used by “30 percent of the world’s people”, say the signs.

Visitors to the show will not only get ideas for low-maintenance landscaping, they will also learn how technology is being put to use in California’s water struggles. Innovation has kept industries like printing companies competitive through increased volume, improved quality, and reduced costs. It is to be hoped that technology will have the same effect in water recovery efforts by improving efficiency, effectiveness, and cost considerations in processes such as ocean desalinization.

For any Torrance resident with an interest in low-tech landscaping innovations and environmentally friendly garden ideas, a visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is sure to be worth the drive.

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