Who We Are
The Village Gardeners of The Los Angeles River is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the Los Angeles River between Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Fulton Avenue, in Studio City & Sherman Oaks, CA. The mission of The Village Gardeners is to lead our community in the environmental enhancement of Los Angeles River greenways with emphasis on conservation, ecology, and restoration of natural habitat, through partnerships with schools, community organizations, and governmental agencies.
The Village Gardeners started as one person’s response to the devastation of the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. The neighborhoods of Studio City and Sherman Oaks were among the hardest hit areas. It was in this area along Valleyheart Drive South, near Longridge Avenue, that the first Village Gardener started sowing the seeds of new life.
After seeing results of the independent planting, others in the neighborhood started pitching in with donations of plants, time and money. The Village Gardeners soon qualified for 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status and in addition, is a participant in the Adopt-A-Riverbank Program of the Los Angeles County, Department of Public Works.
Despite the concrete channel, this was an enjoyable green and flowering stretch.
The Village Gardeners has led the grassroots efforts to reclaim this stretch of the river, picking up trash, nailing back fences, painting and planting “whatever would grow,” according to co-founders Annette Fuller & Clarann Goldring. The site had a great feel, it felt like someone cared about this area.
A combination of unfortunate factors led to the inactivity of the Village Gardeners for a period of time. Deteriorating plant life, excessive erosion, and lack of maintenance caused a renewed community interest in restoring and enhancing the Los Angeles River banks in our community.