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TreePeople's Andy Lipkis: 'We are the change'

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Last weekend, the homeowners, docents, and designers who are taking part in today's Green Gardens Tour gathered in the beautiful Santa Monica library to talk with each other and to be honored by the tour organizers at a thank you breakfast.

The event was highlighted by brief talks from actress Amy Brenneman and TreePeople's Andy Lipkis, both of whom spoke about the power of conservation, and in appreciation of a few individuals who are doing small things that have a big impact.

Brenneman, who is an advocate for the Healthy Child Healthy World, spoke about making the conscious choice not to mourn the times we're in because of the damage that has been done to our natural environment, but rather to step in and begin to do what she can right now. Though she hails from the east coast, Brenneman is a resident of the San Fernando Valley, who, when faced with landscaping her home, realized "you can't recreate Connecticut [there]" and that she had to create a garden that respected the natural environment.

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Her brief remarks to the homeowners on the Green Gardens Tour ended with reflections on the pressing validity of Stevie Wonder's beautiful song "Always" and made for a natural transition to guest speaker Andy Lipkis, who focused his message on the power of community and the ability to grow large-scale change from individual seeds.