“Everybody’s a gardener. It was the first position on Earth.” So says “gangsta gardener” and popular TED speaker Ron Finley, who landed in the news when his vegetable-packed garden on the strip of land between the street and his sidewalk in South Los Angeles earned him citations from the city. He fought city hall and won, getting the law changed in the process to allow parkway gardens like his that feed him as well as neighbors. It was a notable victory in the often frustrated “eco-lution” of urban gardening. It brought him international press coverage, and made him a prominent subject in Delila Vallot’s John Legend-produced documentary “Can You Dig This?” which he is still promoting.
Finley will speak at Saturday’s grand opening of the Arboretum’s Crescent Farm, which is dedicated to water conservation. Like Crescent Farm’s stewards, he is a passionate advocate of utilizing available resources.