Flores Artscape Interviewed by Tokyo TV

LA Drought Tolerant Landscape Experts Flores Artscape Interviewed by Tokyo Tv

 Jessie Flores of Flores Artscape demonstrates drought-tolerant irrigation.

Jessie Flores of Flores Artscape demonstrates drought-tolerant irrigation.

Cosmo Space of America, a Japanese television production company, interviewed Flores Artscape on drought-tolerant plants and landscaping. 
The interview, by Ryuji Motoyama from Cosmo Space of America with Jessie Flores representing Flores Artscape, took place at a recent front-yard drought-tolerant project by Flores Artscape.  Jessie explained how the newly planted succulent plants would grow to 3 times their current size using a minimal amount of water.  In fact, the same plot of land, covered in grass, would require 10 gallons of water or more per week, whereas the current design only utilizes 5 liters.

Japan has a rich history of gardening, particularly their Zen gardens which originated in 1251. Drought-tolerant landscaping has many elements in common with Zen gardens due to its elegant minimalism and highly stylistic appearance. Coincidentally, Flores Artscape has even called some of their recent drought-tolerant projects "California Zen" because of their simplicity, elegance and peaceful atmosphere.

 Flores Artscape employees install an irrigation system at a drought-tolerant project in-progress.

Flores Artscape employees install an irrigation system at a drought-tolerant project in-progress.

While it is well-known that Los Angeles is suffering a long-standing drought, Japan has recently experienced quite the opposite with record-breaking rains & flooding in July.  Nevertheless, there is quite a lot of interest in how drought-tolerant landscaping is done and what plants are used.  Additionally—covering the business angle—Cosmo Space reported on the turf replacement rebates available in LA. As this type of landscaping continues to increase in popularity, many are turning to it as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gardens. Others look to it as a way to cut down on maintenance time and cost.

The interview will be aired this September by Tokyo TV for a business news program called “Mirai Seiki Zipangu” (Future Century Zipangu).   (“Zipangu” is a popularized name for “Japan”.)

Flores Artscape had a busy media month in July.  Rumaldo Flores was interviewed by “This is LA”, a highly-rated TV lifestyle show by Circle 8 Productions that’s in its second season on KCBS.  And by “LA Home”, a show on Focus TV Network, America’s first streaming video talk show network.

Longstanding proponents of drought-tolerant landscaping, Flores Artscape owner Rumaldo Flores was interviewed in an April 2015 article by the “LA Times” called “A guide to rebates on drought-tolerant landscaping”.   Besides talking about what was involved in replacing lawns, Rumaldo mentioned that lavender, rosemary, salvia, and succulents were some of the most popular replacement plants.