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A surprise garden on a Culver City street corner


Garden at Beatrice and Mesmer, Culver City

Whenever I drop my car off at Modesti’s on Jefferson Blvd. in Culver City I like to walk home when I have the time. It takes me over an hour to make the 3.7-mile journey, as although I walk pretty fast, I like to stop and look at stuff along the way.


Culver City garden at Beatrice and Mesmer

One nice surprise a few weeks ago was stumbling upon a community garden at Mesmer and Beatrice.


A little oasis at Beatrice and Mesmer

This could be a very bleak corner across the street from the intersection of the Marina and San Diego freeways and overlooking the concrete walls of a Ballona Creek tributary.

culver-city-garden-at-beatrice-and-mesmer overlooking creek

Community garden at Beatrice and Mesmer overlooking creek

Instead, there is a color palette of reds, purples, yellows, rusts and greens welcoming the weary pedestrian into a small plot of land containing trees, bushes and flowers, maybe to rest for a while on the garden bench before continuing on.


Garden bench for the weary traveler

I wonder if anybody racing by in a car even knows this is here.

(Photos copyright roslyn m wilkins)