Councilman Bob Blumenfield helped break ground Monday on a 20,000-square-foot, drought-tolerant garden designed to serve as a water-wise example for Angelenos amid a record-setting dry spell.

“By replacing our thirsty lawns with California-friendly landscaping, the city of Los Angeles is leading the way and educating Valley residents on the range of options for turf replacement, while saving the city water,” Blumenfield said.

The Blumenfield Water-Wise Demonstration Garden is located at the West Valley Municipal Center, which is home to the councilman’s Reseda district office and also houses offices for five city departments.

The Los Angeles Public Library will create educational exhibits about drought-tolerant gardening.

Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced a goal to reduce water use citywide by 20 percent by 2017. The incentive for removing grass lawns was also raised from $3 to $3.75 per square foot.

City News Service

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