See the future at Crescent Farm!
We removed nearly an acre of lawn to focus on new and ancient water conservation practices as well as plants that are especially well-suited for the home garden. It's part of our effort to re-imagine the Southern California landscape for the future. Join us to help ensure a sustainable environment for all.
Meet our Crescent Farmers!
We call them Interpretive Horticulturists – John Latsko and Leigh Adams. Our Crescent Farmers are here to answer all your irrigation and plant questions so that you can create garden beauty, grow food and build habitat while conserving our most precious resource. They are the ones who designed and steward what you see in Crescent Farm. Our highest goal is to teach you how to save water and grow sustainably so you can use these techniques in your home and community landscapes!
John Latsko’s love of California native and food plants originally brought him to Crescent Farm. He especially enjoys working with young people and sharing information about Crescent Farm. His background is in education, primarily teaching English and arts to elementary through adult students.
Leigh Adams has guided installations at the Arboretum, Rancho Santa Botanical Garden, L.A. County Natural History Museum and Pasadena Public Schools. An active leader in the urban sustainable agriculture movement, Adams coordinates community participation in Crescent Farm.
Field trips enable more than 16,000 school children annually to visit the Arboretum where they become immersed in nature, habitat, wildlife and the environment. Crescent Farm will provide the children a place of exploration where they explore diverse plants, learn how to capture rain, and participate in water conservation activities. They leave with a whole new knowledge of water awareness.
Promoting water conservation through community teaching and partnerships is a key goal for Crescent Farm. We thank the California Conservation Corp, County of Los Angeles, the City of Arcadia, public and independent schools, youth organizations, and many others for joining our efforts to make the current drought emergency a time of regional transformation.
You don’t have to be a plant nerd to appreciate a good read about horticulture. We have compiled a list of resources that will enhance your general knowledge about Southern California gardening and sharpen your appreciation and understanding of natural growing practices.