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!

The median is the message

This median (pictured) in Leimert Park is maintained by residents.  See how it started in this video from 2011 about guerrilla gardening. Members of the original team spruced it up this weekend to be ready for visitors to our part of the city! Hope you can join us for the tour – which is all about LA indoor-outdoor living, and what we make of it!


RIDE ON! – bike the garden tour

We’re excited to welcome one of our newest businesses to Leimert Park, Ride On!, a newly formed bicycle co-op located in Leimert Park Village. Proprieter Ade Neff, a passionate alternative-to-cars enthusiast, explained his vision of creating a bicycle co-op,whereby a member-run collective can repair bicycles and conduct clinics for the local community. In addition to repRide On! logoair services, Ride On! will also conduct workshops on bike safety and advocate for bicycle infrastructure equity in Southwest Los Angeles.

Located just steps from the Garden Tour Hub, Ride On! plans to offer discounted bike rentals (bring your own helmet) to ticketed garden tour attendees on the day of the garden tour, Saturday, May 6, 2017. With a 1.2 square mile flat-as-a-pancake terrain, bike racks provided by the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, and bike valets on hand at each tour home to safeguard bikes, visiting the gardens via bicycle could not be easier.

In 2016, Ade was featured in this video explaining his vision.

Ride On! is located at 4319 Degnan in Leimert Park Village in the space formerly occupied by Africa By The Yard. Stop by and say hello. You can contact Ade Neff to set up a bike repair appointment or to get more information on joining the co-op:  323-863-5434 or email him at Ade@rideonbikecoop.org.

Old furniture gets new life at garden tour home

A unique bench offers an inviting place to relax on the front porch of one of the homes included in this year’s tour. Committee member Lena Hobson recognized it right away as the work of Lester Anderson, long time South L.A. resident and owner of Anderson Country Benches.

Mr. Anderson did not set out to become a furniture builder. But while hauling away heaps of abandoned furniture from sold homes he was hired to clean out, he began to envision these cast-offs as beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations: headboards, cabinets and benches. The latter became his signature creation.

His work can be seen at local flea markets, including the Sunday Melrose Trading Post, or can be custom ordered by contacting him at (323) 236-1222. More of Lester Anderson’s work can be viewed here: Anderson Benches on Instagram

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.


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.

Leimert Park

Leimert Park street signLeimert Park, a 1.2 square mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, is nestled at the base of Baldwin Hills, a short distance from Culver City. Named for its developer, Walter Leimert, it was designed in the 1920s by the influential landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers. Known for its Spanish Colonial Revival homes and its charming tree-lined streets, it evolved to become an important center of African American art, music, and culture in Los Angeles. Additionally, many Japanese residents settled in Leimert Park after WWII, as is reflected in the unique Japanese gardens and Japanese-influenced architecture.