Better than a jungle gym: Native garden at
Long Beach school open to public on Sunday
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.
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.
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Photo credit: Mike Letteriello