– Following is a press release from the LADWP:
The Inyo-Mono Master Gardener Program and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are partnering to implement a series of xeriscape garden beds at the LADWP Administrative Office on Mandich Street in Bishop.
Over the next few months the Master Gardeners and LADWP will transform the landscaping around the building from water-intensive lawn and hedges to attractive and water-saving gardens featuring native drought-tolerant species.
“The partnership will serve as an example of cooperative efforts to protect the Owens Valley resources and give the local community a selection of water-wise landscape options for their own community properties,” said Inyo and Mono Counties Farmer Advisor Dustin Blakey in a letter to the LADWP. “The Master Gardeners will serve in an advisory role, researching and designing the garden beds, selecting species and planting locations, and presenting the design to the LADWP for approval.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with the local Master Gardeners to redo the landscaping around our Bishop Office building that reflects the LADWP’s emphasis of the wise use of water in the Owens Valley as well as in Los Angeles,” said LADWP Manager of Aqueduct Jim Yannotta. “We look forward to receiving and approving their plan so our employees can begin working on the new landscaping that will become a water-conserving show piece for the area.”
The Master Gardeners will use science-based information to develop the garden. LADWP staff will provide and plant all the trees, shrubs and plants called for in the plan. LADWP staff will adapt the existing irrigation system, as well as plant and maintain the new landscaping. Master Gardener and LADWP employee Bobbie Stryffeler will serve as the project chair, and secure the assistance of other Master Gardeners to help.