THE CHAPARRAL NEEDS YOUR HELP

By Adam Corey Thomas It is 2 am on an unpleasantly warm but predictably unnerving autumn night. The Santa Ana winds are roaring through the hills and valleys of Southern California. Throughout Los Angeles, residents are on edge. It is not the wind that they are afraid of, even though it does have a role […]

HOW-TO: Grow Your Own Native Plants

Nursery Manager, Jack Smith and Biological Science Interns Brenna Cheyney and Emily Bowyer recently hosted a webinar to share tips and tricks on how to collect and plant seeds and acorns, the importance of adding native plants and trees to your landscape, and much more! Here’s some key takeaways from the discussion: When collecting seeds […]

SOLUTIONS TO URBAN HEAT

Sadly, not all Californians have the same access to tree canopy and green spaces, especially in urban areas like the San Fernando Valley, South Los Angeles, and Southeast Los Angeles. As a result, heat-related deaths are usually higher here than anywhere else in the region. Check out this graphic below for more information on research that […]

HOW-TO: Capture Rainwater at Home

Although it doesn’t look like rain is in the forecast for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared once the winter storms come back. Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles is NOT a desert but rather a chaparral biome with hot summers and cool and wet winters. In recent years, winter rain has […]

HOW-TO: Start Birdwatching

One benefit of trees is that they provide habitat for wildlife such as birds. Trees are important for birds because provide food in the form of fruit or insects and make perfect homes for nesting. Kenny Derieg, our Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist, is an avid bird-watcher and has shared some insightful tips on how […]

GROWING FIGS, A STORY

By Miguel Vargas Bill Hock can often be found in his backyard in Downey, carefully pruning his 7-foot fig tree. He does this slowly and methodically, snipping the branches at a diagonal and gently placing each twig in water. The tree produces hundreds of figs each year, that are a big hit with his family, […]

FASHION & SUSTAINABILITY

As we’ve been exploring ways to reduce waste at home, harvest rainwater, transform our gardens into native landscapes, and so much more, there are also some more personal ways we can reduce our environmental impact. Believe it or not, what we choose to wear, where we buy, and how it’s made it has an enormous impact […]

URBAN SOIL PRIMER: Part 2

By Richard V. Pouyat, Ph.D. Emeritus Scientist, U.S. Forest Service Richard V. Pouyat has been involved in conducting research in urban ecosystems for over 30 years. While he was pulling together a presentation for Los Angeles Urban Soil Symposium (hosted by TreePeople), he asked himself, what has he learned about urban soils while working in […]

URBAN SOIL PRIMER: Part 1

By Richard V. Pouyat, Ph.D. Emeritus Scientist, U.S. Forest Service Richard V. Pouyat has been involved in conducting research in urban ecosystems for over 30 years. While he was pulling together a presentation for Los Angeles Urban Soil Symposium (hosted by TreePeople), he asked himself, what has he learned about urban soils while working in […]

HOW-TO: Read A Fruit Tree Nursery Tag

By Christyne Imhoff TreePeople has been distributing fruit trees since 1984, focusing on areas of LA County known as food deserts. These areas have limited access to grocery stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables and include South LA, Southeast LA and the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Home-grown fruit makes a positive difference in the lives and […]

Eco-friendly gifts for the holidays and beyond

By Christyne Imhoff During these extraordinary times, what better gifts than those that encourage sustainability at your home and in your garden. The following TreePeople choices are fun, alternative gift ideas that help support cleaner water, healthier soil, and a beautiful garden — a great way to get the new year started in a climate […]

Ed Begley Jr.’s Earth Week Tips

Actor Ed Begley Jr. recently joined us on Instagram Live to share his experiences in environmental activism and advocacy and wanted to share some practical tips so you can also reduce your impact on the environment.