Our Garden

W.E. G
arden (Westminster Elementary Garden) is converting its asphalt schoolyard into a state-of-the-art learning laboratory, organic garden.

Our school boasts two organic gardens, one with an an outdoor classroom, which is fully integrated into in-class science, language and math curricula. All students plant, tend, harvest, cook and joyously eat the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. The garden enriches the students' understanding of ecology, biology, nutrition and a love of the natural world.

Master Gardeners Nora Dvosin and Nancy Giffin, along with students, parents, teachers and community volunteers, are re-imagining the school campus with support from Principal Karen Brown. Our Master Plan (drawn by Venice architect, Lewin Wertheimer) includes a reading garden, an urban forest of native California trees and shrubs, a Native American garden, and a new 1,000 sq ft garden for our kindergarten students. We hold community garden workdays on the 2nd Saturday of every month, (always well-attended by parents, teachers and volunteers...as well as our students) we're hard at work converting unused space into a very special garden and orchard.

W.E. Garden has become a healthy, beautiful, environmentally sustainable resource for our students.


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A beautiful 1,000 sq ft exclusive kindergarten learning garden has been planted with coastal natives and  will be used for the K-2 Special Ed classes as well.

W.E. Garden and the entire Westminster community would like to thank the following donors below for their support, as well as the many private donors who have helped our garden grow!

Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification

Councilman Bill Rosendahl

School Board Member Marlene Canter

School Board Member Steve Zimmer

Venice Neighborhood Council

Venice Chamber of Commerce

Abbott Kinney Merchants Association

Abbott Kinney Festival Association

Lewin Wertheimer Architect

Los Angeles Conservation Corps


The California Fertilizer Foundation

Kellogg Garden Products

Environmental Media Association

The Rose Cafe

Abbott's Habit

Abbott's Pizza


Los Angeles Marathon Roadrunners

Backyard Productions

Venice Art Walk

Venice Garden & Home Tour