The cost to rent a space from the city parks department is rising nearly 500% because of budget cuts. That may weed out some of the gardeners growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in city soil.
Robert Hemedes is happiest when he is in the dirt, tending to the three community garden plots he rents each year from the city. On his little slice of land at the Sepulveda Garden Center in Encino, Hemedes grows roses, aloe and geraniums.
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