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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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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:

We invited a small group to come out to the Loynes guerrilla garden in Long Beach to do a major replanting. The garden has been under a bit of stress the past few years because of over watering during the rainy season. But the city has turned over control of the sprinklers to SoCal Guerrilla Gardening so it was a good time to start to fill in the bare areas.

One of the new additions to the garden is this variegated Agave vilmoriniana. I can’t wait for this beautiful plant to go to flower so we can harvest the bulbils. 

Nello with some of the 30+ Aloe nobilis planted Sunday 4-30-10.  They were just a few of the well over 100 plants brought to fill in the garden.

Some of the many Agave attenuata in the garden that have been there for years.

This is the far west end of the garden that has been pretty barren for a few years but we really filled it in with a few dozen plants.

Another large plant we planted is this beautiful Aloe  (name unknown).

This huge Agave perryi is another of the very large plants we planted as well as the smaller plants like the Aloe nobilis Sabrina is planting next to it.

We also planted a few dozen aeoniums that should fill in this area in a year or so.  In a couple years we will be able to glean a ton of cuttings to root up and fill in the rest of the garden.

Jennifer next to the Euphorbia ingens we added to the garden

The largest plant in the garden is this Agave americana. It’s putting out one of the biggest blooms I ever seen on an Agave.  Unfortunately A. americana don’t produce bulbils.

Thanks to everyone that came out to replant the garden!

Thanks to Jennifer Stroup for all above photos.