Native Plant Garden to Honor Senator Liu

A native plant garden honoring the legacy and work of Senator Carol Liu (SD-25) was dedicated during a special event on Tuesday, October 25, at 9 a.m. at the Pinewood Avenue Elementary School in Tujunga. The Pinewood Legacy Garden Project transforms a highly visible, barren expanse of dirt at a TK–5 elementary school in a lowincome area. Vibrant garden space to learn, play and enjoy now fills 1,500 square feet adjacent to the auditorium and school offices.

Senator Carol Liu, Pinewood Elementary Principal Patrizia Puccio, student council members and parents, LAUSD, Beyond the Bell/ LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, FormLA were supporters and sponsors of the landscaping and garden project.

The gathering was to dedicate a new native plant garden and to instill the legacy of Senator Carol Liu (SD-25), a champion for LA’s children and environmental protection and conservation. During the event, parents also re-dedicated a young pomegranate tree (the national tree of Armenia) commemorating the Armenian genocide, which has now been moved to the garden’s new orchard. The project is a joint effort between Pinewood Elementary, LAUSD, Beyond the Bell/ LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, FormLA Landscaping, and the Senator’s GREEN21 sustainability program.

The Pinewood Legacy Garden will deliver more than beauty. It will be a powerful tool continuing Senator Liu’s work. It will: 1.) Support student health, wellness, and academic achievement, 2.) Serve as an experiential learning tool for students, teachers, and community, 3.) Mitigate food insecurity and hunger, 4.) Be a cool play space, and 5.) Save water and reduce school operational costs.

It was a fun experience for all the adults and children that participated in this event

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