Thursday, February 27, 2014: Site-specific maintenance manuals for native plant gardens, with Ellen Mackey: Ellen will review the process and resources needed to create site-specific maintenance manuals for native plant gardens. She has written plans for different target audiences: maintenance supervisors or residential homeowners. These plans document the garden concept, planting plan, irrigation plan, stormwater plan (if present), common weeds, and hardscape care. Unique to these plans is the Maintenance Checklist, a site-specific month by month schedule of tasks.
Ellen Mackey is a Senior Ecologist, certified by the Ecological Society of America, and a staff ecologist with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is on assignment to the Council for Watershed Health. In 2004, she finalized and edited the Los Angeles River Landscaping Guidelines and Plant Palettes for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. In 2006, she coauthored the bilingual text, Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens. Recognizing the need for site-specific maintenance plans in 2010 she co/authored the Old Marengo Park Maintenance Manual and the Elmer Avenue Maintenance Manuals. Her front-yard native plant landscaping is certified by the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Program. For fourteen years her home and garden have been open to the public in October as a sustainable home in the American Solar Energy Society, National Tour of Solar Homes and for five years as part of the Theodore Payne Foundation’s annual garden tour in April. She is an avid organic, urban farmer who lives in the urban/wildland interface and uses companion planting, composting, and other methods to create a beautiful, productive backyard garden and orchard.