Home to almost exclusively water-saving native plants, Lisa Novick’s La Cañada Flintridge backyard is alive with the sound of birds and is a kaleidoscope of color.
In a city known for expansive and obsessively uniform golf-course green lawns, it’s also an anomaly. You might even call it a protest.
Novick, who has installed a rainwater catchment system to reduce her reliance on imported water, believes Foothills residents — who collectively use 1 billion gallons of water or more each year for irrigation purposes alone — would benefit from growing stronger ties to the natural world.
“In my yard, the whole attitude is if I’m going to use water, it should be feeding the ecosystem — the native plants and animals we have left in La Cañada. It’s unethical to drain the Sacramento Delta and use all the energy it takes to bring that water here just to grow ornamentals,” said Novick, an outreach and education coordinator for the Theodore Payne Foundation, which on April 10 will feature her Uintah Street yard as part of its annual Native Plant Garden Tour.