The Mar Vista Community Councilís Green Committee invites Los Angeles area residents to see what their neighbors in Mar Vista are doing to help combat the Southlandís water crisis in the first community-wide showcase of gardens throughout Mar Vista from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26th.

In an effort to help Mar Vista become a model community for reduced water consumption, the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase seeks to encourage others in the community to be inspired by and to adopt the water-saving solutions already in use by green trendsetters. Tours through dozens of Mar Vista gardens also offer the benefit of first-hand experience and the expertise of those already committed to reducing their water consumption profiles through the adoption of drought resistant landscaping.

Due in large part to the state-wide drought, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called for severe water-use restrictions and a tiered rate system that would reward customers who conserve, and punish those who do not, with higher bills. Lawn watering would be restricted to two days a week, Mondays and Thursdays, and could be cut to one day a week by summer if the drought continues.

California native plants, succulent gardens and even raised bed vegetable gardens are just a few of the wide variety of beautiful and truly green approaches to be observed on the tour.

For a preview of the gardens that will be showcased and a map of the locations to plan your own tour,