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I am reprising my water talk for Sierra Madre on Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm at City HallThe next morning, April 25 at 9:30 am, we will be digging some swales at a Sierra Madre residence. The demonstration will only make sense in the light of the talk the night before, so please come to both!


Returning Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us: Simple Water Infiltration for Sierra Madre

We do get rain in Sierra Madre, and when it comes, we throw most of it into the storm drain. Our wells are running dry, so we’re drinking imported water. Meanwhile, the cost of cleaning up pollution in stormwater is projected to cost the County $120 billion (SGV Tribune), which will be passed onto cities. “It will be millions and millions of dollars for each city…” (Monrovia Mayor Lutz, chairwoman of SGVCoG’s water committee.”
We can do better. This program will show simple ways to detain water on site and infiltrate it back in to the aquifer. Orchid will show examples of swales, earthworks, cisterns and other rainwater harvesting methods that can be used to store water on site, creating a better environment for plants to grow and helping to re-fill our aquifer and our wells.

Talk Location City Hall, Council Chambers
232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Friday, April 24, 7:00 pm
Contact 626-355-7135
Demonstration Location
285 W. Grandview Ave.
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am
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Four Boxes in the Readymade Forest:
The Farmer, The Architect, The Landscape Architect and The Chef
Friday October 1, 6:30 PM in the atrium of Building 7
College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona

Residential Carex and Perennial Wildflower Meadow

Event Participants:
Kulapat Yantrasast, Design Director, wHY Architecture

Kyle Brown, Ph.D., ASLA, Director, John T. Lyle Center, Cal Poly Pomona
Ed Bobich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Plant Organismal Biology, Cal Poly Pomona
Orchid Black, of Pitcher Sage Design, a garden design practice specializing in California native plants, educator and native food enthusiast
Mike Brown, BioTrek Curator, Department of Biological Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona

I am privileged to be invited to speak about my design process for designing the proposed new meadow at Cal Poly Pomona’s Biotrek.

I will be in amazing company: wHY Architecture designed the first LEED Museum, the Lyle Center sets the standard for science-based sustainable systems design;  and Dr. Bobich, my former professor for California Flora (Taxonomy), will speak about the carbon implications of Lawns versus Meadows.  Mike Brown, of Biotrek, one of the most knowledgeable and creative people in ethnobotany in the region, will speak about eating native and provide a native food tasting.  I’ll be contributing Acorn-Mesquite-Cornbread to the tasting.

Yarrow, Blue-Eyed Grass and Carex in Residential Meadow