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LA, meet your river.

(you knew we had one, right?)

 

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LA, meet your river.

(you knew we had one, right?)

 

Most Angelenos are aware of a river in their city, somewhere, in some state of disrepair. What they might not know is that the LA River has an opportunity to be revitalized and to bring a vital life force and economy to a city and region that need it. But it’s not only about a river. It’s about everything that makes a river, a river… like plants. Lots of plants.

In the coming decades, millions of native plants will be needed for restoration and urban greening projects along these evolving Los Angeles waterways, public open spaces, and private properties—a supply that does not currently exist in the LA area. This lack of plant material seriously jeopardizes our ability to successfully implement such future projects.

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Did you also know that plants for projects in Los Angeles are trucked in from Arizona?

the need


Did you also know that plants for projects in Los Angeles are trucked in from Arizona?

Los Angeles landscape professionals, public agencies, and retail nurseries currently source plants from commercial nurseries as far away as San Diego County, Arizona, and even Oregon, but importing plants has major pitfalls—both financially and environmentally. Doing so...

  • Increases costs and emissions associated with transportation 

  • Outsources jobs and economic development opportunities

  • Decreases the survival rate of plants 

  • Does away with local educational and vocational training opportunities

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Our mission is simple... Just add plants and growers and water and support.

 

mission


Our mission is simple... Just add plants and growers and water and support.

 

By converting underutilized land into a network of nurseries/urban ecology centers we can provide Angelenos with both a viable source of locally-collected and locally-grown plants for projects, as well as educational and vocational training opportunities.

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We're growing a movement.

 

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We're growing a movement.

 

In 2014, a diverse array of government entities, non-profits, private organizations, and academic institutions put their minds and resources together to find ways to meet Los Angeles' urgent need for native plants. Grown in LA (GiLA) is the initiative born from these conversations.