On Saturday, October 29, 2022, the Friends of Ballona Wetlands (FBW) hosted a Nature’s Balance Gardening Workshop in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience in Ballona Discovery Park.
Attendees who came to purchase native plants, as a donation to FBW, were inspired to consider using them in containers or their work, home, or school gardens.
Folks who signed up were also treated to a Tai Chi for Gardeners session, led by Jill Robinson, owner of Holistic Health: Yoga, Tai Chi and QiGong, in the Mudflat area of the Watershed Walk.
Neysa Frechette, Manager of Science Programs for FBW, and Lisa Fimiani, LMU CURes Drollinger Environmental Fellow, held a short discussion and question and answer time in the Amphitheater about native plants, guided by the excellent resources available on the Friends of Ballona Wetlands website.
Nature’s balance has to do with current worldwide trend to bring indigenous plants back in their native countries, especially urban areas. In doing so the balance can be reset for wildlife to thrive, benefiting humans as well.
The Park, located in the community of Playa Vista below LMU’s Westchester Campus, is a project of LMU, the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, and developer Playa Vista. It was created as a result of mitigation requirements for the developer to be able to build their community in Playa Vista. The Park is open to the public and invites visitors to learn about the Park, especially LMU students and the community at large. If you want to learn more about the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and future plans to restore the area go to: https://www.ballonafriends.org/restoring-ballona.