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Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party Includes Lecturer C. Darren Butler, Ecological Landscape Designer

The Gardens at Getty House - The Official Residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party is upon us! The event takes place this Sunday, April 22, and promises to be the social event of the Spring. A special feature of the afternoon is guest lecturer C. Darren Butler, Ecological Designer/Horticulturist, Arborist and Gardening Expert.

LA Garden Tour Speaker C. Darren Butler

Butler has been at the forefront of the ecologically sound management of landscapes, gardens and trees. Much of his focus is in designing low-maintenance “food forests” in residential landscapes. For Butler, a productive garden begins and ends with the eco-system that exists in the soil. His lecture – “Grow Soil, Not Plants” – will address things each of us can do on our own to maximize the health and abundance of our soil and as a result, our gardens.

Butler is a gardening favorite – with appearances on NPR radio, local TV and an international gardening show called “Weekend Gardening”. His philosophy is very much one of sustainability. According to Butler, “I believe that the longevity of a civilization can be estimated by looking at how it manages its soil, as soil is the foundation of all civilization. In our urban and agricultural lands we pollute and destroy soil at the rate of billions of tons per year in the United States alone.” He adds, “ecological landscape design is an alternative to the unsustainable methods typically used in our urban landscapes.”

Butler will share his experiences and some of the ecological landscape design techniques he uses to help cultivate soil designed for Southern California living – sustainable, bountiful and taking advantage of all that the local siting will allow. He is a highly regarded gardening speaker and is sure to add to the special day.

C. Darren Butler
Ecological Landscape Design


The Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party takes place Sunday, April 22nd. The event begins and ends at Getty House, the Official Residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles…605 South Irving Boulevard. Read more about the event here.

A limited supply of tickets are still available – see details.


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