St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach, California, added drought-resistant native plants and installed a drip irrigation system as part of a garden overhaul spearheaded by parishioner Martha Simkins Davis, a certified master gardener. A pollinator garden grows among the ruins of St. Mary's original building. "The renovation of our gardens has undoubtedly deepened the connection between our congregation and broader initiatives to raise climate awareness and resilience," said the rector, Rev. Lester Mackenzie. "They offer a tangible demonstration of how individual actions can contribute to extensive environmental efforts." Through the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, parishioners have participated in beach cleanups and trail maintenance as part of the Love Laguna Initiative and are looking to adopt a local watershed.

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