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.” [email protected] (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.