When the Great Street was proposed for Venice Blvd, and when the Chamber was awarded one of eight Challenge Grants by the City of LA for our event Make It Mar Vista (happening this Saturday 11/28), many in the community wanted to make their mark. Many community partners have joined the Chamber in this effort, and one of the very cool projects that came out of this is the Sustainable Planter Boxes that are intended to serve as a prototype in the protected bike lane that’s coming to Venice Blvd.

planter box prototype


Greg Tedesco, a long-time Mar Vista resident, came up with the idea of making planter box frames out of wood and then creating the sides of the boxes out of concrete, using found elements from right in our neighborhood to add texture and beauty. The boxes will serve as a visual and physical buffer between cars and bikes on Venice Blvd, and they will be on display this Saturday 11/28 as part of Make It Mar Vista.

This project required many hours of work, and many volunteers helped make it a reality. We also have many organizations and individuals to thank for their generous sponsorship, donations of plants, cuttings, space to work, and of course for their valuable time.

The Mar Vista Farmers’ Market and the Mar Vista Community Council both provided sponsorship support for this aspect of the project. The Master Gardeners donated cuttings and their usual sage wisdom about the plants.

Master Gardeners who donated plants


Mark Twain’s school garden donated plants to our effort, and the students wanted to show their support for the Great Street.

Mark Twain school gardeners

MT kids sign


The Venice High Learning Garden, helmed by David King, not only supplied plants and cuttings, but also generously gave our volunteers the space to work.

David King at learning garden



volunteer planters at learning garden

The Garden School Foundation supplied plants, and so did Grand View Blvd School’s garden, which has an amazing curriculum provided by the Garden School Foundation as well.

Garden School Foundation

plants donated by GSF

Grand View Elementary school garden


And we tapped into the amazing volunteers from the Sustainable Works program at Santa Monica College.

The Chamber is grateful for everyone’s participation in this project.


Greg Tedesco, planter box designer


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