Arcadia celebrates Monte Vista’s new ‘front yard’.

By Justin Dullum

Monte Vista Elementary School celebrated a newly-landscaped "front yard" this morning with all students in attendance. Situated on upper Hope Avenue, the project involves new "water-wise" plants, replacing a lawn that had deteriorated, since the school's budget was unable to sustain the amount of water required to keep it healthy. The project was begun four years ago, with a design by Arcadia Studio, provided at no cost to the school.

After extended efforts to obtain adequate funding, Principal Nancy Lorenzen and her PTA managed to get materials donated or sold below cost from Agri-Turf Supply, West Covina Wholesale Nursery and San Marcos Growers. Arroyo Seco Construction prepared the site and installed a new drip irrigation system and hundreds of new plants, at their cost, and Thomas Shawl Landscaping installed a new decomposed-granite parkway strip, removed substantial numbers of weeds and invasive Ivy, and continues to wage war on the resident gopher population.

A key benefactor in the success of the project was Santa Barbara Beautiful, one of our most effective organizations in facilitating new landscaping projects by assisting schools and other deserving organizations, and for planting thousands of new street trees. Without Santa Barbara Beautiful's key financial support, the project would still be on the drawing board.

Our thanks to all who helped with this great project!