New gardens for elementary school


    The Malibu Garden Club, with the help of landscape architect Jay Griffith, recently replanted three planter beds in the mural courtyard of Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School. This is the first phase of a plan to redo the entire 6-acre campus, which was proposed by a committee of parents dedicated to enhancing the grounds of the school.

    The rare coral-like succulent “Sticks of Fire,” along with agapanthus, rhaphiolepsis, and bird of paradise make up the design, which compliments the striking entryway mural by David Legaspi that emphasizes the marine focus of the school. Sea kelp and other trace minerals were added to the soil in an attempt to make the garden as organic as possible.

    The front of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School and also the Malibu Public Library entrance are other community beautification projects the garden club has sponsored and continues to maintain. Funds for these and future projects are raised primarily by the Fifth Annual Garden Club Tour, which will take place on May 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Four gardens will be on the tour, including Jay Griffith’s spectacular 5-acre ocean-view property where the designer creates environmentally friendly outdoor living spaces, harmoniously mixing native plants with hybrids and unique garden furnishings. For further information about the tour and reservations call 310.457.3005.