Leimert Park Beautification Project – As Promised!

The Leimert Park Garden Tour Committee is thrilled to report that we were able to implement our first Leimert Park beautification project on Saturday, October 27, 2018:  the planting of an additional six trees and over two hundred drought-tolerant flowering plants on the Degnan traffic circle median. This median is located prominently in a major traffic artery on Degnan Blvd. just north of MLK Blvd., and is a well-traveled route to the Metro Expo line.

We are especially grateful for the support of so many who contributed to the success of this project. A big THANK YOU to our neighborhood volunteers who showed up early on a warm Saturday morning to lend a hand with planting, as well as these wonderful partners:

  • GreenArt Landscape Design, Inc. and owner, Brent Green, for the donation of his design expertise and crew.
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) for their generous grant, which, when added to the profits from our 2017 Leimert Park Garden Tour, enabled the purchase of plants and irrigation equipment.
  • The City of Los Angeles Street Services Department of Urban Forestry for its donation of four Jacaranda trees, which provide a visual continuation of the beautiful Jacarandas that line Edgehill Drive.
  • The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Adopt-A-Median Department for its help in obtaining the necessary permits.
  • Our generous 2017 and 2019 Garden Tour sponsors: Heather Presha of Keller Williams Realty, 2017 sponsor, and Nia Mallet of Coldwell Banker Brokerage, 2019 sponsor.

We hope that you’ll enjoy this new addition to the Leimert Park neighborhood, and encourage you to come out to the second biennial Leimert Park Garden Tour, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019. Check out sneak-peek photos here and please sign up to receive emails so that we can provide you with a occasional email update and ticket sales announcement.

Water main break doesn’t dampen the Garden Tour!

Hi everyone! There was a water main break on Degnan Blvd early this morning, closing the street. But this has not dampened our spirits, and the event is on!  The sidewalk is open, so you can walk into the Garden Tour Hub at 4305 Degnan Blvd.  You can also enter the parking lot at 3400 43rd Street, between Crenshaw and Degnan, and look for our banner.  There is plenty of parking in Leimert Park Village.  You come to the Hub to get a wrist band and map of the tour, and there will also be fun activities, vendors, and of course, jazz.  Rain or shine, look forward to seeing you there!

Leimert Park – LA’s neighborhood of the year!


Leimert Park faced off against San Pedro in the final round of this annual bracket competition, emerging the winner of the award for LA’s neighborhood of the year. “Along the way to the coveted imaginary trophy, Leimert Park also scored victories over rapidly changing Frogtown, high-seeded Highland Park, and trendy Koreatown. Tough matchups, but the resilient residential community prevailed each time.” See the full article here.

Lemons of Leimert Park

Lemons of Leimert Park

Like a lot of Southern California, we have an abundance of lemons. Neighbors are not shy about sharing, and it’s fun to make something with lemons that you can share back. Lemon chicken soup is nice when the weather is still cool. Lemon desserts for days – for example Lemon curd is easy if you have a high powered blender. You can freeze lemon juice and zest for future use, and the lemon curd and soup freeze well too.  Freeze measured amounts of lemon juice as ice cubes or in freezer bags. In the hot months, Gail taps her frozen juice supply to make gallons of refreshing lemonade.

GAIL’S LEMONADE

Make simple syrup:
Mix one and half to two cups of sugar with 1 cup of water in a 2-quart saucepan.  Simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.

Mix lemonade:
Put 12 cups of water in a large bowl.  Stir in the simple syrup. Add 2 cups fresh lemon juice (defrosted, if frozen).  Makes 2 large containers of lemonade.