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Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, this unique 15-acre garden is operated by vets of the VA Hospital as part of the Horticulture Therapy Program. The Vets' Garden is open to the public and offers a beautiful and tranquil escape from the congestion and concrete of the city.
Mission & History
Established in 1986 as a work therapy program, the garden continues to run as a fully self-sufficient business, selling fresh-grown, pesticide-free produce to individual customers and several local restaurants. A wide variety of indoor/outdoor plants, herbs, and floral arrangements are also available, at very reasonable prices. In addition to serving the community, the income from the Vets' Garden provides therapy stipends for veterans participating in a transition back into the community employment. Can you hire a vet? Know of such opportunities? Please call us at (310)268-4062.
Farmers' Market at the Vets Garden
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
at Bldg 500 Lobby
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location & Visitors Information
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles, West of Sepulveda, North of Constitution, At the end of Davis Avenue next to Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Programs and Projects
The Vets' Garden enables patients to reduce the need for psychiatric hospitalization while providing vocational training to learn new skills. The philosophy of the program is to provide a healing, positive environment in which to rehabilitate the veterans through actual "hands on" work experience. Horticulture therapy motivates patients to develop new interests and combat depression often associated with disability.
Collaborating with local schools
Offering a great hands-on garden setting for developmentally disabled adults
Hosting Garden Clubs and Special Events
Donating food to America's poor
How You Can Help Support A Growing Trend
You can participate in the success of the Vets' Garden in the following ways: