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This guerrilla garden was planted with permission at the Volunteers of America in the skid row area of Los Angeles. It’s a very tough spot to garden because it’s a very high foot traffic area with hundreds of homeless people using the gate next to the garden. And people walk through the garden to knock on the window at night beating up plants a bit. The first photo is the garden before we planted anything. The second is this first  planting back in 2012. The third photo is today when we went back to fill in the areas where the plants didn’t hold up. It doesn’t look very good but it’s been on it’s own for 2 years.

Headed back to the Volunteers of America Los Angeles in Skid Row this Sunday to fill in this and couple more of our gardens in the area. These gardens have been planted with help from Katherine McNenny of Industrial District Green.

Well it’s been almost 2 years since we posted anything here but we have been busy gardening just not any “blogging”. After all we’re gardeners not bloggers. The last post was the before shots of this spot. So I thought I’d pick up where we left off with the after photos of this project. We planted this garden May 20th 2012 in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles.

Above is the before and below the after photo.

Our main connection/gardener in the skid row area is Kathleen Mcnenny. She got in touch with SoCal GG about a few spots in her neighborhood. This was the third garden we planted together.  Check out her new website industrial district green

Check out this nice article about SoCal Guerrilla Gardening and our project in the skid row area of Los Angeles.

We’re putting in a new guerrilla garden in Los Angeles.

628 s San Julian, volunteer of America,

This Sunday, May 20th at 9am. It’s a little spot that should not take to much time.

SoCal GG will supply all the plants and there will plenty of tools.

So you’ll just need some gloves.

Parking looks VERY limited on this street.

But I think you can park on around the corner on 7th.

The spot for our new guerrilla gardening the skid row area of Los Angeles.

This is our second garden in that part of town.


Talking with Katherine about the layout of the plants.

Ralph saw us gardening and joined in. He is a professional and knows tons about plants and landscaping.

Katherine and General Jeff enjoying the finished garden.

The plants should fill in quickly and we’ll most likely be gleaning cuttings from this spot next year.

The before photo of the new guerrilla garden spot in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles with the skyscrapers in the background. I got an email from Katherine McNenny asking if SoCal GG would like to be involved in this garden. Of course I said “YES!”.

General Jeff“The Mayor of Skid Row” looks pretty happy with the plant selection.

General Jeff planting a nice big Aloe nobilis

Interested in Guerrilla Gardening? You can join the SoCal Guerrilla Gardening group on facebook. It’s the easiest way to get info on upcoming projects. Here’s the link:

before (after the first plant’s in the ground)

It was a rainy morning after a very wet week but we went out in the rain to plant a few more succulents at the Carson st. Guerrilla Garden. The soil was pretty soaked but it made the digging very easy.


I wasn’t really into working in the mud but Matilda of  Biotopia Sustainable Landscaping was here from Sweden and was determined to get in some guerrilla gardening while she is in town. There were a couple plants I had to plant but she talked me , one plant at a time, into planting all the plants we brought.

We had a very light rain for the first half hour and then it stoped altogether making it easier to work in the mud without our rain gear on.

The garden looked great and even though there was just the two of us the work went pretty fast.

All photos Matilda of  Biotopia Sustainable Landscaping