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We hope you enjoyed Dwell on Design as much as we did! Thank you to Shades of Green’s Ive Haugland, Mountain State Nursery’s Wendy Proud, and Dwell’s Lynn Cole and Katie Murin for an amazing experience creating Dwell Outdoor. Thank you to those who popped by the booth and came to see our on stage conversations with Dwell’s Will Lamb and Diana Budds – it meant so much to see your faces smiling back at us!

Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


See Dwell Innovators
LA Weekly: Tanja M. Laden names FormLA Landscaping and our friends at Potted among the 15 most innovative businesses at Dwell on Design! Get the full scoop and see great pictures from the show floor. Read More
Go Behind the Scenes at Dwell
Gallery: If you’ve ever wandered the Dwell show floor and wondered how the indoor outdoor wonderland that is Dwell Outdoor comes to life, here is your chance to go behind the scenes with us!. See the team bring Dwell Outdoor to life. Tour

See the finished Dwell Outdoor! Tour

Watch Dwell’s Diana Budds interview Ive Haugland, Wendy Proud and Kirk Aoyagi about the making of Dwell Outdoor. Watch
Go to Gramas or Bermuda?
Wet-to-Dry: Fanciful Grama grass charmed Dwell goers! We received so many questions about the delicate seed-pod covered stalks that seemed to dance on the air conditioned breeze. How does it compare to Bermuda grass? Read More


Los Angeles is expected to be a dry county through the summer. Just because it will be difficult (and expensive!) for thirsty plants doesn’t mean your garden needs to look desiccated come BBQ time. We’ll be putting extra effort into keeping native gardens vibrant and party ready. We will:

Get ready to party!

  • Deadhead to keep summer blooms coming
  • Refresh container gardens for added pop
  • Check oaks for pruning (July – September)
  • Check lighting for efficiency and drama
  • Shine up hardscapes and ready BBQs!

Invite water to stay

  • Eliminate run-off and overspray
  • Inspect irrigation systems for leaks
  • Check the coverage of drip irrigation systems
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch and raise mower heights to keep moisture in the soil
  • Water by hand where necessary



See Dwell Innovators
Go Behind the Scenes at Dwell
Gramas or Bermuda?


Get ready to party!
Invite water to stay


Dwell Outdoor Building Team


Our fantastic Dwell Outdoor building team. Thank you for the wonderful, hard work, gentlemen!

About FormLA Landscaping+

FormLA® Landscaping is transforming Los Angeles, one beautiful, sustainable landscape at a time. Learn more about sustainable landscaping in our Resource Center, see vibrant landscapes in our Project Gallery, or check our Events page to tour our work and meet the FormLA Team. We look forward to connecting with you!


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi, Principals:

Mark Britten, Production Manager:

John Avakian, Bookkeeping:

Ed Woodbury and Sergio Cusner, Maintenance and Horticultural Team Leaders: and

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