On May 5-6, Mission Viejo celebrated investment in the arts, economy, environment, education and a healthy civic life with the Arts Alive Festival. The festival is a chance for us to put down our pencils and turn off our computer screens, and get our hands dirty. This year the focus was on arts of the 1950’s… and we built a demonstration garden called “Gardens of Suburbia,” which reflected the 1950’s movement of American families to the suburbs and the development of the turf lawn as the archetype of suburban landscape design, incorporating modernist landscape elements of the era, in addition to lawn alternatives.


Special thanks to our friends at Angelus Block, Resource Building Materials/Valley Building Materials, Village Nurseries, and ARC who dedicated their time and materials to help make this happen.