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Better than a jungle gym: Native garden at
Long Beach school open to public on Sunday

April 8, 2010 |  8:02 am

Lucky students at Prisk Elementary School in Long Beach can study botany, ornithology and horticulture in the 7,800-square-foot native plant garden on the campus.

Prisk2 On Sunday, the community is invited to get a closer look during an open house (an open garden?) from 1 to 4 p.m. Timing is perfect: The wildflowers are blooming.

The garden's designer, Mike Letteriello, says to look for blooming wind poppies, Mojave bluebells, blazing star, several shades of monkeyflower, many varieties of penstemon and a beaver-tail cactus (pictured at right) in the desert wash area. All of the plants -- with the exception of those in the students' vegetable garden -- are native to California.

The tour is informal, and Letteriello will be available to answer questions.

Native garden open house, Prisk Elementary School, 2375 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach. Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Information: (562) 439-6002.

-- Lisa Boone

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Photo credit: Mike Letteriello