Tale of the Alkali Rye

Close-up of Alkali Rye by Jonathan Coffin, first-used by First Nation People for food
Blue-green Alkali Rye grasses are lush this summer as they spread through Ballona Creek’s estuary. Sweeping fresh color over damaged wetlands, they restore splendor to a landscape brought back to life by a community’s love.

The Alkali Rye is my favorite grass and its beauty seems even greater when I recall how – just five years ago -- Westside Global Awareness School children helped bring it back.


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Summer Solstice a Second Spring for LA Coast

Acmon Blue butterfly nectaring on Dune Buckwheat
Summer Solstice is here.   But it’s really second spring on the Los Angeles coast. The first spring comes soon after the rains of our winter downpours. Sometimes it’s February, March or even April when brown grasses and golden fields green up, and brilliant wildflowers – yellow, purple and white - sprout everywhere. Read More...