Culver City Garden Club April Newsletter, 2012


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Garden Club Meets at Star Education, 10117 Jefferson Blvd., Culver city

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The Sad Ending to Christmas

Now that the holidays are over and done with, the glittering decorations that celebrated the Christmas season are rapidly being replaced by that familiar January sight: The pitiful curbside Christmas tree.

After a month of being treated like royal centerpieces in winter dwellings everywhere, Christmas trees are now popping up naked and brown near garbage cans, abandoned on street corners or dumped on the side of some deserted road.  Not only is it unsightly, but in some areas it is unlawful to abandon a dead Christmas tree outside for extended periods of time.

Finish off this holiday season by disposing of your Christmas tree properly. One option is to recycle your tree instead of throwing it away. Old Christmas trees are oftentimes ground up and used for mulch, erosion control and other useful applications.

Several places in LA County offer Christmas tree recycling. Click here  to find the appropriate drop-off location for your area/city.  For residents of the City of Los Angeles, Click here.  For residents of Culver City, Click here to download tree disposal instructions. (.pdf)

If your city has no recycling program, The City of LA Bureau of Sanitation suggests that to properly dispose of your Christmas tree, you should remove all inorganic elements (ornaments, lights, etc.) from the tree, chop it up in sizeable chunks, and securely stuff the tree into your Green Garden Waste trash bin.

Some things to remember when disposing of a tree:

  • Avoid burning your tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Pines, firs and other evergreens have a high content of flammable turpentine oils. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and risk a chimney fire.
  • Trees are often required to be cut into 4 ft. lengths; so you may need to cut your tree in half, or even smaller before you throw it away or recycle it. Check with your city to find out the specifics in your area.
  • Flocked trees are not considered organic and must be disposed of as regular waste (black trash bin). They will not be accepted in recycling centers.
  • Check your local Girl Scout or Boy Scout group or find out if other non-profit organizations are holding Christmas tree recycling or pick-up events in your area.

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Woman’s wedding ring recovered with an extra carrot

Back in 1995 Lena  Påhlsson lost her wedding ring in her kitchen during a holiday baking party. 16 years later, the ring was found in the most surprising of places: Around a small carrot growing in Lena’s vegetable garden.

Lena was harvesting the young crop when she noticed  the gold band wrapped around  a root.


She suspects the ring may have been mixed with vegetable scraps and thrown to the compost heap the day it was lost. After giving up hope of ever finding the ring, Lena is thrilled to have the sentimental piece back in her life, saying that she is now “keeping it in a safe place.”

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The Culver City Garden Club has MOVED


The Culver City Garden Club will NO longer be holding meetings in the Veterans memorial building due to rising costs and disagreements with the city.

The club will be hosting meetings and events at the wonderful G-2 Gallery from January through March of 2012 and will be looking for a new venue for the rest of the year.

Since opening their doors in March 2008, the G2 Gallery has been committed to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the natural environment through photography and other art forms. G2 presents an illuminating range of exhibits that showcase nature and wildlife photography by artists who inform, inspire and generate greater awareness of the environmental issues.

The G-2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. @ Millwood, in Venice.

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The Culver City Garden Club

Will meet on TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012

at 7:30 PM, in the

G-2 Gallery, upstairs gallery

1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. @ Millwood, Venice

      MTA Bus #33, Venice/Abbot Kinney stop or SM Big Blue #2 Electric/Abbot Kinney

(Parking in free L.A. City lots, Electric Ave, Abbot Kinney Blvd. or Millwood Ave. [uneven sidewalk])


Plant “Show, Tell & Ask” & Raffle Tables (if members bring in plants)


Presentation: “UNDERSTAND & ENJOY BUTTERFLIES: How to Share Your Garden”  

                          Mary Ogren, Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat & Monarch Waystation 

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The Culver City Garden Club

Will Meet On


at 7:30 PM, in the


4117 Overland Ave. @ Culver Blvd.

 This month’s presentation is

“Garden Design Using California-Friendly Plants” with Steve Gerischer, Descanso Gardens .

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