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At TBI we use our grounds as a resting place, an outdoor classroom and as an active part of all our holiday celebrations.

Though our doors are closed at the moment, we can't wait to get back to our physical home in Highland Park. From our Tu Bi'Shvat native plant sale to our outdoor Hannukiah, harvesting ripe grapefruits for Purim cocktails, and our sukkah covered with trimmings from the garden, we always celebrate the unique climate and nature that surrounds us. 


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The Temple gardens are an upgrade of a 75-year-old landscape which used to include nearly 8,000 square feet of difficult-to-maintain grass lawns.

The landscaped gardens are low-maintenance, and highlight the beauty of California native plants while retaining key specimen palm and citrus trees and one spectacular cactus. The newly planted garden has already resulted in a landscape that is more attractive to birds, bees and butterflies as well as the temple members and the neighboring community. More than half of the lawn area has been replaced with low-maintenance, drought-tolerant shrub and groundcover plants and meandering paths.

The native plants are mostly from the Coastal Sage Scrub plant association, grouped according to sun exposure and water requirements. The garden provides new visual and sensory experiences with yearlong color of foliage and blooms. Flowers with colors ranging form the cool blue of wild lilac to the yellow-orange of monkey flowers and white (later brown) buckwheat attract a myriad of birds, bees and butterflies. And there is fragrance, too, mostly from the various sage species. In what is called the “fragrant sage mound,” there are plantings of ‘Bee’s Bliss,’ a gray-green low ground cover cultivar that surrounds accent plants of ‘Winifred Gillman,’a Cleveland sage selection noted for its exceptional fragrance and bright blue flowers.

The garden requires little maintenance- mulch was used to reduce weed growth and retain moisture, and most species in the garden require little to no supplemental irrigation- but it does still need some attention from our dedicated community to keep it usable and dependable for all of us. TBI holds a series of planting and maintenance events throughout the year. Please check out our calendar for dates, times, and volunteer opportunities.


Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782