A Community of Gardeners

Barbie Ballman is the “Mom” of the garden. If sunshine had a name, it would be Barbie. A California native, Barbie was raised in San Marino, near Pasadena. After high school, she headed off to Columbia, Mo to attend Stephens College, and where she met the love of her

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Las Flores Kids

The Children’s Garden has 35 plots, including 6 educational boxes for teaching age-appropriate lessons. Jordan Booker (pictured above) is our youngest gardener. He planted, watered, and carefully tended to his garden, while Grandpa Jimmy assisted. (It was reported that Jordan had the best salad ever that evening. With a

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Orchard @ Las Flores

In 2016, Conejo Recreation and Park granted an expansion next the softball field, and authorized the addition of an Orchard at our garden. The Orchard currently has 28 trees planted, with 90 Goji Berry plants as its perimeter. Members of the garden can “Adopt A Tree.” This insures proper

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The gazebo at the front of the garden is our latest project, and it is looking beautiful. We are fortunate to have a group of guys, under the direction of Hank Daane, Project Manager, who gives back to our community garden in a big way. The gazebo provides a

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Plant of the Month

There are so many summer vegetables to plant this time of year, but none induce salivating or yearning for that first BLT more than a juicy, delicious tomato. USDA says there are 35,000 varieties of tomatoes, with over 3,000 being heirloom. That number is debatable, so let’s just just

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Good Bug, Bad Bug

There is nothing bad about the Lady Beetle, Ladybird Beetle, or as we call them, Ladybugs to a gardener. They aren’t really a bug; they are a beetle, and they LOVE to eat aphids, scale insects, white flies, mites, and other soft-bodied pests. Over its lifetime, one lady beetle

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