The plots at the center rent for $20 a year with rototilling provided for $5, and soil supplements and tools available on site. It is against the rules to enter someone else’s garden plot without his or her permission, and no fruits, vegetables or flowers may be picked from another person’s plot. The regular gardeners say it is maddening when they find an unauthorized visitor eating the fruits and vegetables they have worked so hard to grow. Azadouhie Babi of Van Nuys was working Saturday in her plot, where she grows eggplant, poppies, grapes, fava beans, tomatoes and other crops. “It’s organic. I prefer everything organic,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun at the same time. People stop by and say they are amazed.” firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602 IF YOU GO: The Country Garden Fair is free and continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some of the gardeners grow food for animals at the Los Angeles Zoo; their area is known as the Gorilla Garden. “Animals love roses. It is one of the favorite foods of gorillas,” said Neal Mitchell of West Hollywood, who grows about two dozen varieties of roses near the Gorilla Garden in his own plot to create an English garden effect. He said the Sepulveda Garden Center offers food, beauty and a place to socialize. “It’s a supportive group of people who find gardening psychologically and spiritually inspiring,” he said. The Sepulveda Garden Center usually is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day and one evening a week during the summer. It’s closed on holidays. ENCINO – With acres of flowers blooming just south of the Ventura Freeway, the Sepulveda Garden Center is expected to draw about 1,000 people this weekend to its Country Garden Fair, where visitors can buy plants and crafts, listen to music, visit an array of garden plots and see a bonsai show. The free family event is offered at the start of the summer growing season to provide information and inspiration to home gardeners in Los Angeles and help people get to know exactly what is offered at the San Fernando Valley center. “This is a great place. When you are driving by on the freeway, there is no awareness it is here,” said Jon Kopitzke, one of the visitors to the center Saturday with his wife Cheryl. The Sepulveda Garden Center opened in 1966 and includes about 16 acres with more than 400 garden plots – each about 10 feet by 20 feet – in which individuals can plant fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining and Krishna Poonia believes that although she failed to clinch a gold at the Asian Games, her bronze winning effort – injury notwithstanding – proves that she is good enough to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics.Rather than lamenting after a bronze medal – she made headlines after winning a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games – Krishna is happy that she could put a ligament tear and back pain behind her and give it her best shot in Guangzhou.”I know a few of my well-wishers are disappointed that I couldn’t give a performance worth a gold medal, but I feel the fact that I could endure the pain and throw to a distance of 61.94m proves that I have it in me to achieve greater distances once I am back to full fitness,’ Krishna told MAIL TODAY.”I seriously believe that if I didn’t have the injury going into the Asian Games, I would have been a serious threat to both Li Yanfeng (gold medal) and Song Aimin (silver medal). My overall fitness level had gone down due to the injuries.”Elaborating further on her bad knee, Krishna said: “I have had mixed reports so far and while a few doctors have suggested surgery, others have said that I should take medicines and work with physiotherapists so as to avoid surgery. “I also have to ensure that I keep training to a minimum and don’t overwork my knee.advertisement”Now with the Olympics coming up in two years’ time, I don’t want to keep the surgery for too late a date. If a surgery has to be done, it should be done and dusted with as soon as possible. A stage shouldn’t arrive where I need to undergo surgery just months before the Olympics.”That would be disastrous. I will be consulting a few more doctors in the next few days and take a final call on this matter.” The injury also means that the muchtouted duel with Australia’s Dani Samuels will also have to take a backseat.But Krishna assured that she is definitely game for the contest sometime in the future.”Having competed in two high-voltage events this year, I will not be able to sustain my peak and throw well if I competed with Dani at this stage. “Also, now that I have sustained the injury, it makes things even more difficult for me as it will take a while not only to recuperate but also to get back to full fitness.To be honest, the duel can’t take place as of now. But I am definitely game for it in the future,” she said. Krishna also admitted that she will be giving the World Championships a miss this year as she wants to prepare for the London Olympics.”I will be missing the World Championships to be held in South Korea in August as I have to rest a bit and ensure that I plan properly so that I can peak at the 2012 Olympics. I can’t aggravate my injury at this stage,” she added.