Prisk Elementary School’s acclaimed native garden is once again welcoming guests to enjoy its latest blooms.

The garden, which is on the southwest corner of the East Long Beach school’s campus, will be open for tours and sightseeing this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The first open house of the season for the garden, last Sunday, was well-attended by nature-lovers in the surrounding community.

Heavy rains have brought a blossom to many of the native plants in the garden, which are arranged by plant communities: There’s a section for beach, chaparral, mountain, and Channel Islands plants, as well as a stream and walking paths.

A lush garden on a clear day includes several succulents and a tall cactus.
The Prisk Native Garden features many different kinds of native plants, including succulents and cacti, pictured here on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Photo by Mike Guardabascio

The garden was masterminded and is still maintained and tended by Mike Letteriello, who was on hand to give tours last Sunday.

Admission to the garden is free, but donations are accepted and welcomed, and there’s also a sign-up sheet for Wild For Schools, a nonprofit Letteriello is forming to advocate for school gardens on other campuses.

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