A longtime admirer of dry cottage style gardening, the April 10 – 11 Theodore Payne Foundation Garden Tour is put on by gardeners. Gilda Garcia heard the hybrid wild call and wanted to mix native plants, Mexican art, and three poodles (others are statues). She and her husband moved into their North Hollywood rental in 1993 and bought the place in 1996. They removed the grass as well as lollipop hedges even though they had the poodle parlor look.
As is often the case, she was joking. Garcia, an illustrator, has a playful cast of mind. But the garden that she eventually produce is called “Poodleville” for a reason. Being an artist, Garcia started painting the poodles.