Day 24: The Getty Villa

Not in the mood to fight the Mother’s Day brunch crowds today?  Why not postpone your celebration for this Thursday, May 12th and take her up to The Getty Villa in Malibu for some Tea by the Sea? 

According to The Getty Website. “Tea by the Sea is a special dining experience inspired by the Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, and fruits that grow at the Villa. Feast on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of sweet and savory sandwiches and pastries, along with fruits, cheeses, and a varied selection of teas. After tea, you can tour the Villa’s authentically re-created first-century Roman gardens with knowledgeable docents, then spend the rest of the afternoon savoring the Villa’s exhibitions and permanent collection.”

$36 per person.
Thursdays from 1:00-3:00
Please reserve in advance. Call (310) 440-7300 or get tickets online.

Day 17: Tree People

Coldwater Canyon Park is home to the TreePeople, a natural oasis smack dab in the middle of the city.  The park itself has miles of hiking trails with views of the San Fernando Valley and is owned by the City of Los Angeles but maintained by the TreePeople.

According to their brochure, TreePeople was founded in 1973 by teenagers.  TreePeople staff and volunteers have planted more than two million trees, and each year the organization educates thousands of children about environmental responsibility. TreePeople offers many programs in Coldwater Canyon Park including Eco-tour field trips for elementary schools, park tours, full moon hikes and summer performances in the ampitheater. 

Upcoming events include the first annual Green City Fair on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 from 10 am- 4 pm.  12601 Mulholland Dr. (at Coldwater Canyon Blvd.)  Go to or call 818-623-4862 for details.

Day 9: 2011 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

The 2011 Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase – Saturday, April 30th from 11:00-4:00  Cost: FREE

This giant eco festival in Mar Vista brings together a community of residents who share a vision for a greener life. Of course, non-residents are welcome as well.
This year, the tour will host the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour and showcase Mar Vista locations that have gone solar. 

A few years ago, we planted a hummingbird garden.  To our surprise, it also attracted monarch butterflies.  At one point, my 10 year old and I counted 34 caterpillars, we watched them devour our plants, build cocoons and eventually burst out and fly away.  Nothing like bringing the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to life!

So put on your walking shoes, fill-up the air on those bicycle tires and dust off those little red wagons.  After our unusually cold winter it is going to be great to get outside, meet some neighbors and learn more about what can be done to make our gardens and homes more sustainable.