Back to the Future Mar Vista!
Yesterday, the landscape of the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles was dominated by lima bean fields. Today and in honor of Earth Day, we celebrate Mar Vista’s sustainable gardens.
Themed as a Treasure Hunt, follow the colorful WalkIt! wayfaring signs for a magical mystery tour of Mar Vista’s historic past. There’s mayhem, scandal, inspiration, champion sports figures and pure, unadulterated entertainment!
Almost one in every four gardens in Mar Vista is today low- or no-water and sustainable. A short trip back in time reveals 1950s post-war development and the sort of suburban sprawl dominated by the water-thirsty grass lawns then fashionable. A further jump back in time uncovers a dusty backwater primarily devoted to agriculture – a feature that dominated the area from Spanish colonial times through the turn of the twentieth century.
Mar Vista’s current turn of events actually harkens back to its pre-colonial ancestors. Before Europeans came to the area, the land was lush with California natives such as the beautiful agave, verbena, and aloe showcased in the Garden Tour, thanks to the harmonious respect for the land of the indigenous Tongva people.
Fitting reason to complement Mar Vista’s history with the beautiful and earth-kind gardens exhibited in the 7th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.