Wilton & Sunset | The LAGG Homecoming

Back in 2008, the Wilton & Sunset Garden was LAGG’s very first mission! We turned that dry, tangled stretch of dirt into a garden oasis that has been blooming ever since. The reality, however, is that it had recently seen a period of neglect and this mighty group of ten mostly new gardeners was tasked with reviving it. Returning to the place where LAGG all started, we were able to see the results of our sweat and muscle come to fruition– in the form of two tiny apples on our tree and dozens of bulbils ready to be harvested and planted into new gardens across the city.

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BEFORE

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AFTER

We were also reminded of the larger role our gardens play in helping to beautify these neighborhoods when Greenhaus stumbled upon a couple of letters hidden amongst the leaves– one with contact info for a Lorenzo Llamas and a second professing an Angel’s love for a girl named Katherine. Was Angel enjoying a patch of shade along the LAGG garden while pouring his heart out onto paper? Did Katherine ever get the message? These sappy (pun-intended) notes are welcome symbols of a community that is the real reason why we get our hands dirty. Hopefully, these same people can help us not only to plant new seeds, but also put in the work necessary keep our gardens clean and enable them to thrive.

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And special thanks to Councilman Tom LaBonge for sending over a crew to grab all the trash bags when we were done!