Citywide Services Directory
General:The Sepulveda Garden Center is a community garden operated by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. The Center occupies approximately 20 acres and contains approximately 800 garden plots, about ten feet by twenty feet in size.
Hours of Operation: The Garden Center’s North and South side are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., one evening per week during the summer until 8 o clock p.m. and closed holidays.
Year-end is always 12/31. Fees are due January 1St and are delinquent if not paid by January 31st. Checks should be made payable to the City of L.A., Recreation and Parks. No cash payments are accepted and the fee is non-refundable.
Waiting List: A waiting list is maintained by the Senior Gardener and when available, plots are assigned one at a time on a first come, first served basis.
Garden Supervision: The Garden is supervised by an employee of the Department of Recreation and Parks during operating hours.
Services: The Garden often provides soil amendments, which are piled in various locations in the Garden.
Various gardening tools and equipment are available (i.e., shovels, rakes and hoes) for gardeners to borrow between 7:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. most days. All equipment is located in the portable storage container and all equipment must be returned before 3:00 p.m. daily.
Guest and Animal Visitors: Gardeners are responsible for the conduct of any children or animal guests brought into the Garden. All dogs must be on a leash.
Walk-In Gate: The walk-in gate must be used after 3:15 p.m. For the safety of the gardeners, and to deter theft, the combination lock on the walk-in gate must be locked at all times.
Washrooms/ First Aid: There is a first aid kit located on the portable storage container where tools are kept, as well as in the Senior Gardener’s office.
Garden Debris: The large trash dumpsters are for all garden waste, dead plants, and weeds. Carts and wheelbarrows are provided and should be returned empty after each use. The small trash cans are for paper and picnic trash only.
Watering: Alterations of any water faucets for irrigation purposes are strictly prohibited. The garden plots are watered once each week unless there is rain. Please see the Senior Gardener for the watering day for your area. The City provides water faucets with hoses within the proximity of each garden plot for supplemental watering. However, if you use one of the City hoses you must provide your own shut off valve. Remember when watering you must always have a shut off valve attached to your hose. This requirement allows us to comply with the mandated City Water Conservation Ordinance. Recreation and Parks Departments follows the Water Ordinance of the City of Los Angeles implemented by the Mayor and the City Council. (Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions.)
What to Plant: Fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs may be planted. Trees are prohibited, and landscape foundation plants are not suitable for planting in the community garden. Commercial growing is not permitted. Plants in your plot cannot exceed 6’ in height due to shading of adjacent garden plots, and must not be in a container larger than 15gl.
Number of Garden Plots per Person/Household: The number of garden plots per person/household is limited to three in order to extend a gardening experience to as many people as possible. Plots are assigned one at a time. Garden plots cannot be reassigned, subdivided or sublet to any other person.
Greenhouse: A greenhouse is located near the main building and is available to gardeners for germinating seeds and for propagation of transplants. In order to maintain a healthful environment, diseased or insect-infested plants should not be brought into the greenhouse. The greenhouse is maintained by the gardeners who use it.
Maintenance of Garden Plots: Design your own garden within Garden guidelines - but be considerate of your neighbors. Weeds spread seeds to other gardens. Wood and trash piles harbor snails and insects. Tall plants or structures may shade your neighbor's garden. Some weeds and other plants have invasive roots (berries, mint, kikiyu grass, nut sedge, etc.) Some aggressive plants (grapes berries) can boil over into your neighbors' plots. Be considerate. Removing weeds before they go to seed is especially important.
Gardeners Maintenance Responsibilities: All garden plots and adjoining pathways must be well maintained and kept clear of weeds, plants and trash year-round. Adjoining pathways is defined by any walkway that surrounds your garden plot. All plant growth, vines, berries, etc., must be contained within your garden plot boundaries. You must maintain your garden so that your plants, weeds or other vegetation do not obstruct pathways or walkways. You are responsible to weed/remove vegetation to the center of any walkway surrounding the perimeter of your garden plot. New gardeners must have their plots cleared and start cultivation within six weeks of the plot assignment, weather permitting. Failure to maintain your plot and adjoining pathways to the satisfaction of the Senior Gardener or to start cultivation within six weeks may result in forfeiture of your garden plot.
Garden Debris: Large bins for garden debris are located in the paved parking area and in the northwest corner of the Garden. Small trash cans at various locations are for incidental trash such as lunch clean up. Please do not overload the smaller trash cans with weeds. Etc. Carts and wheelbarrows are provided and should be returned empty after each use to the covered area near the main building.
Forfeiture of Garden Plot (s): Gardener may forfeit his/her garden plot(s) if Garden rules are broken. This includes (but is not limited to):
The determination to require forfeiture of a plot rests with the City representative, in most cases, the Garden Supervisor, in accordance with the above rules, guidelines and information.
Notification and Communications:It is your responsibility to be sure that the Senior Gardener has your current address and telephone number. Notify the Senior Gardener when you wish to relinquish a garden plot so that a person on the waiting list can acquire the plot.
All notices the City of Los Angeles sends to you shall be in writing and considered to have been served when either delivered personally, or three (3) days after deposited with postage paid, in the U.S. Mail to the address listed below. If you have a change of address, it is your responsibility to provide written notice to the Senior Gardener within fourteen (14) days. Failure of the gardener to correct any violation within three (3) weeks of the mailing date of the first Notice of Non-Compliance will result in the Senior Gardener issuing a second. The second Notice of Non-Compliance, allows the gardener three (3) weeks from that notification mailing date to correct the violation. If still not corrected, the Senior Gardener will then send the 3rd and final Notice of Non-Compliance allowing three weeks from the notification mailing date to correct the violation. If the violation is not corrected it may result in forfeiture of his/her plot. The gardener must contact the Senior Gardener to advise the City of any extraordinary circumstances leading to the violation and/or prevention of correction of the violation. The gardener must also contact the Senior Gardener to ascertain the decision of the Department of Recreation and Parks and or to appeal the decision. If the violation is not corrected, the garden plot will be forfeited and gardening privileges terminated on the 67th calendar day following the mailing date of the first notice. The Senior Gardener will reassign the garden plot to the person at the top of the waiting list, and all crops, produce, and or other property within the plot may be dispersed at the discretion of the Senior Gardener.
Grandfather Clause: Trees planted prior to July 1, 1995, do not have to be removed; however, these trees must be maintained (pruned, etc.), so they do not negatively impact the neighboring gardens. (If unsure, see Senior Gardener). Those gardeners’ assigned more than three plots prior to July 1, 1995, are not affected by the three plot per person/ household limitation; however, their plots and pathways must be maintained. Those plots that are not maintained will be reassigned to the next person on the waiting list.