This upscale Westside community next to the coast is a highly favored place to live. That’s partly because of its gorgeous collection of trees—thousands of them. These wide-spreading green and living canopies provide shade on hot days, clean the air, convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, reduce noise, give shelter to birds, attract beneficial insects, and raise both property values and our spirits.
Many handsome trees lining our residential streets were planted by Palisades Beautiful, a nonprofit community-based organization founded in 1974. Over almost four decades, by raising funds from grants and donations this volunteer group has contributed hundreds of young trees to the landscape. This work is done free of charge after homeowners request trees for their parkways.
Through the years Palisades Beautiful has also planted many trees elsewhere: in tree wells, beyond the curbs on streets lacking parkways or even sidewalks, in schools, parks, and other public places, as well as in commercial parts of town. Moreover, it has undertaken other beautification activities, such as planting flowering perennials in street medians and installing, years ago, the Native Plant and Xeriscape Gardens in Temescal Canyon Park—now being revived, with this ambitious work done in partnership with the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation & Parks and the Pacific Palisades Garden Club.