Cities like Los Angeles are often thought of as an ecological wasteland and the cause of environmental degradation, but is that necessarily true?

The public is invited to a free talk to learn how such cities could in reality be a promising place to save the planet. The UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture and the Association for Women in Architecture and Design is hosting “The Allure of the Urban Wild” on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden.

Urban ecologist, educator, and executive director of Grown in LA, Kat Superfisky, will speak about the urban wild of Los Angeles and nature that exists within the cities. She will also discuss her perspective on and strategies for creating more symbiotic cities.

Grown in LA is an initiative whose mission is to convert underutilized land in Los Angeles into nurseries that will produce plans needed for green infrastructure projects. The initiative strives towards changing the course of urban environments.

The seminar will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at La Kretz Garden Pavilion. The event is sponsored by AWA+D and the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden.