Monday, March 19, 2018

Master Gardeners March 25

Spring greens and sunflowers! Snow peas and cilantro! The UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners  return to the Green Tent on Sunday, March 25 between 9 am to 1 pm, with their usual array of lovely seedlings and seed packets, all to give to you for FREE!

Why? Because the mission of the MGs is to encourage YOU to grow your own — they'll help start you on your way, and answer your questions along the way.

Stop by the Green Tent to pick up some:

Pak Choi   This member of the cabbage family is also called bok choy, horse's ear, Chinese celery cabbage and white mustard cabbage. Crispy texture with a flavor somewhere between mild cabbage and spinach. Eat raw when young or lightly steamed. 

Snow Peas  Pods are eaten as well as the beans — use them raw in salads or lightly stir fried. These are the flat peas, not the chunky sugar snaps...

Cilantro  Love it or hate it, it’s a staple of many different culture’s cuisines. 

Sunflowers Don’t they just make you smile?

Spinach  If it’s good enough for Popeye…

Lettuce   Salad season is upon us!

Baby Kale   OH so tender. OH so healthy!

Swiss Chard  as lovely to look at as it is to eat.  Stems and all!!! Steam, season, sauté — eat!!! 

There’s still time to join one of the citywide Grow LA Victory Garden classes: four weeks of basic, affordable instruction that you can take when and wherever it’s most convenient for you.

And if you have questions about your garden, there’s a help line! Call or send email:

And if you want the MGs to continue to provide seedlings, please recycle your empty plastic 4-, 6- and 8-packs with them at the Green Tent this Sunday.

Happy growing! May the rains give us bounty!! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Los Angeles Waterkeeper, March 18

Do you know what a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is? Did you know there are two MPAs right here in the Santa Monica Bay? Whether you know or not, come by the Green Tent to learn what and how Los Angeles Waterkeeper monitors these precious areas with their fun “What’s the Catch” game. They'll have a few prizes for those who participate!

Los Angeles Waterkeeper safeguards LA’s inland and coastal waters by enforcing laws and empowering communities. They engage with an array of volunteers to monitor and steward Los Angeles waterways so all have access to healthy, living and safe water.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper is a member organization of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement. Along with hundreds other Waterkeeper Organizations, their movement works for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide.

Want to learn more about saving water in your home garden? The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, is back this year and chair Maggie Begley joins LA Waterkeeper at the Green Tent this Sunday! The 2018 Showcase will highlight 20+ of our area’s most beautiful gardens on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10am to 4pmWant to know more about the gardens? Interested in volunteering at the evert? Visit the Green Tent this Sunday to learn more about this exciting, uniquely Mar Vista event.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Selva EcoGardens, March 11


SELVA International, a Venice-based environmental non-profit, has partnered with conservation biologist and landscape contractor Steven Williams to offer EcoGardens, a sustainable landscape service to help you convert your water thirsty lawn to an ecological garden.

Learn how your garden can:
• Conserve water

• Save money
• Grow native plants to attract birds and butterflies
• Reduce polluted runoff to our beaches
• Collect and use rainwater
• Support our local community

At the Green Tent, SELVA International will display before and after pictures of sustainable, "Ocean Friendly Gardens." They'll have informational handouts on SELVA's EcoGardens program and Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens program. They'll have some CA native plants local to our area. They will also be distributing free LADWP water-saving devices (low-flow shower heads, sink aerators, and more!) Get your questions answered and free advice on ecological landscaping!

Selva EcoGardens, with a Community Partnership grant from LADWP, is offering two FREE Hands-on Lawn Be Gone Workshops in Mar Vista in March. The Workshops - which are now full - will teach residents how to remove turf and install California Friendly Landscapes in their yards. Click here to register on-line for future Workshops. Learn by Doing! 

Would you like to sign up for Selva's non-profit service to install a water saving EcoGarden at your home? Check out this service at and find out more at the Green Tent this Sunday.

Joining SELVA at the Green Tent, Showcase Chair Maggie Begley brings you the latest news about the upcoming  Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase  (Saturday April 28 10am - 4 pm). Do you have a favorite garden you want to submit? Or maybe this will be your year to volunteer at the event. Visit the Green Tent this Sunday to learn more about this exciting, uniquely Mar Vista event.

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is sponsored by environmental non-profit Green Communications Initiative, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit corporation. For more info:; 310.749.3055

REMEMBER -DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS THIS SUNDAY! The Green Tent will be open 9:00 am PDT - 2:00 pm PDT.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Straight Trash Talk, March 4


Are you a recycling expert? Stop by the Green Tent this weekend to test your knowledge with a sorting game, learn about the recycling process and commit to reducing waste. Get your recycling questions answered. Hear from a recycling pro and learn what to do with your Household Hazardous Waste.

In 2015, Californian’s produced 4.7 lbs of trash per person, per day and diverted 63% of waste from landfills. But we can do better! The City of LA’s goal of zero waste is within reach as long as residents are expert recyclers! Recycling right saves natural resources, decreases pollution and saves landfill space.

Guest Rachel Adell is a local Mar Vista resident and self-proclaimed enthusiast of all things trash and recycling. Her love of garbage fuels her blog Straight Trash Talk and earned her a job in local government working on municipal recycling, education and policy. Rachel’s goal is to share her love of waste and help the public understand their role in waste creation and reduction.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Master Gardeners, February 25

Please join the UC/CE LA County Master Gardeners  on Sunday. February 25 between 9 am and 1 pm for a DIY succulent potting session at The Green Tent.

Succulents are drought tolerant, decorative, some with flowers, others with leaves and/or tubular bells.  Tiny cuttings will grow and reproduce, they make great table decorations, container or backyard  gardens when creatively combined. 

MGs will bring cuttings, soil and small pots. You bring your imagination and hands to create your own mini succulent pot at the booth. It’s free! And of course pick up some free seed packets, too!

For what to do and when to do it in your garden, visit

And Grow LA Victory Gardens is back!!! — four week basic garden training series taking place in a dozen locations citywide including our very own Learning Garden at Venice High School. Very affordable and flexible — click here to view the schedule and share the news!! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

ArtWalk - March 1, 2018

Get a preview of the upcoming Mar Vista Art Walk at the Green Tent!

Celebrating earth’s Spring festivals of renewal (from Pagan to Purim to Mardi Gras) with CARNAVAL! in Mar Vista  through local music and art at businesses lining the 1-mile stretch of Venice Blvd. from Inglewood-Beethoven St. first Thursday evening of March 1, 2018, 6-10 p.m.

This FREE, one-night-only event, which happens four times a year, will celebrate its theme of Spring renewal through a full-on Brazilian CARNAVAL parade hosted by local Brazilian powerhouse, the 5-Star rated  Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, with capoeira batuque, Afro-Brazilian ballet folklorico, samba and drummers!  Departing at 7:30 p.m. from Saby’s Restaurant at the corner of Beethoven/Venice, the procession will head eastward to a Grand Finale performance on the outdoor art walk stage at Venice/Wasatch Ave.  

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center  - Drummin' Mar Vista!
Get your feathers and glitter on and stick around this stage for additional live music performances by Runson Willis III and Westerner, decked out in masquerade in honor of the theme. Interactive light show on stage by Kinetic Magic.  Walk on for more incredible live music at Centinela/Venice curated by the celebrated local musician Farmer Dave Sher at the Earthstar stage. Continue east along Venice Blvd. towards the library at Inglewood and feast on live painters exploring CARNAVAL and unique art vendors. The purpose of the Walk is to encourage community members to explore their sidewalks—specifically the one mile stretch down Venice Boulevard between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street— one of Los Angeles’ “Great Streets”.

The Mar Vista ArtWalk is a joint effort of local environmental nonprofit Green Communications Initiative (GCI) and the community of local artists curated by Monique Boileau, with the enthusiastic support of CD-11 councilmember Mike Bonin and the Mar Vista Neighborhood Council.

Visit the Mar Vista Art Walk page on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or go to for more information.