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  • Margie Suozzo

Drought-Tolerant Plants Never Looked So Good

Updated: May 6, 2022

GreenTown's been working with E3 Youth Philanthropy to create planter boxes, produce web content and an educational video that highlight the importance of drought-tolerant plants in addressing the ongoing drought in Northern California.

These planter boxes are part of an art installation, curated by Arts Los Altos, including "Inflorescence," by Liz Hickok and "Waveforms," by Phil Spitler and Victoria Heilman. Read more about the art here. Meet and greet the artists and the E3 students who helped with the planter boxes at the opening of the installation on May 6th at 7:30pm in the paseo adjacent to Akane Restaurant on 3rd Street in Los Altos.

Arts Los Altos approached GreenTown as a partner for planter boxes in the paseo project that GreenTown saw as an opportunity to expand its public education on climate-suitable plants beyond its Woodland Library Native Garden. The E3 Youth Philanthropy team conducted research (on planters, wood for the facades, drought-tolerant plants with appropriate soils), built and painted the planter facades, and planted the planters! They look amazing with the art.

Next steps for the project include creating placards for the planter boxes and finishing the web content and video. The placards will point you to the web page with content and a video that will provide info on the importance of drought-tolerant and native plants for conserving precious water resources while mitigating and adapting to climate change. Some details on the plants in the planters can be found here.

Many thanks to Vicki Moore, founder of Living Classroom and a supporter of both the arts and the environment, and to Nikki Hanson of California Sisters Landscapes, who worked with GreenTown on the Woodland Library garden, for their design work on the project and for helping to make the planters a reality!

This project wouldn't have been possible without the initial idea and community consciousness of Maddy McBirney and Karen Zucker of Arts Los Altos and the artistic vision of Liz Hickok, Phil Spitler and Victoria Heilweil!

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