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Friday, February 26, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents “The Art and Delight of Water Harvesting” with Leigh Adams

On Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m.  in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library, join Altadena Library for an invigorating evening with local artist, educator, and water conservationist, Leigh Adams.

Leigh has reconfigured her Altadena yard to capture and hold as much water as possible. She utilized resourceful measures to turn an arid hillside into an oasis of fruit trees, herbs, and edibles. Leigh will explain water capturing techniques you can try at home; such as bioswales, hugelkultur, French drains, grey water, and more. She will also speak of conservation measures that have worked for her…and the enjoyment she has experienced along the way.

Leigh Adams’ love of art and children and her commitment to doing public art with children have resulted in a variety of differing art installations and activities. Although most of her work is done in the Pasadena, California area, Leigh has traveled and worked with children in Mexico, China and Central America for many years.

Whether teaching folk arts, language or life skills, Leigh believes that cooperative learning, achieving consensus and building new skills (which can result in public acknowledgement) are some of the greatest gifts we can give our children and our society. She currently is active as artist in residence and teacher at several local schools.

As arts become less and less available in our schools, Leigh believes it is incumbent upon us to make opportunities for hands-on learning available to our young people. Public installations are an excellent way to elevate children’s belief in themselves, their self worth and the value of their efforts.

Currently Artist in Residence at the LA County Arboretum, she completed a 960′ mosaicked “DreamSnake” using tiles glazed by children at the Arboretum and at area schools, colleges and clubs. Leigh is available for garden design and commissioned work. She is also developing Crescent Farms as a demonstration garden for the LA Arboretum.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at



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