About a dozen local volunteers turned out Saturday with gardening tools in hand when Form LA landscaping company, in conjunction with La Cañada Valley Beautiful, hosted a garden maintenance day at the La Cañada Library’s demonstration garden.
The volunteers pruned back overgrown yarrow and sage. Cassy Aoyagi, co-owner of Form LA, told the workers that the concept of pruning is to cut damaged, diseased or dead wood from a plant, something she calls following the 3Ds. Doing so encourages the plant to allocate energy to re-flowering or keeping its foliage lush and robust.
Three years ago, the non-profit La Cañada Valley Beautiful contracted Form LA to design a garden at the Oakwood Avenue library that could demonstrate the form and function of drought-resistant and California-native plants in a landscape. The library’s gardens are planned in five distinct zones, each representing native landscapes found in Southern California, Australia, Chile, the Mediterranean basin and South Africa.