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Trees, Seedlings Get Homes All Over Town; You Get to Canele Tonight and Help a Garden Grow

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The Milagro Allegro community garden at Avenue 56 and Figueroa hosted a garden giveaway this weekend. Advertised to start at noon, by 12:30 some 500 people had made a line that stretched down the block and around the corner. By 12:45 the trees were gone. That left 50,000 vegetable seedlings to make sure everyone ended up with something to plant at their school garden, in their neighborhood or yes, their backyard.

According to Milli Macen-Moore, Master Gardener at the Garden, an anonymous donor had approached her via their blog. "He said he wanted to help," and that help looked like 400 peach, fig, apple and nectarine whips. The help struck a nerve. 500 people showed and everyone left with a little help for their garden.

Milagro is a 10,000 square foot garden with 32 raised beds started three years ago. Local kids work with the garden as their school garden. They work with 21 new plots nearby that were just assigned to community members. According to Allegro boardmember Nicole Gatto they "have a two year term limit [and] that means lots of new gardeners." The event was an opportunity to provide trees, seedlings and lots of information sharing to the whole of Los Angeles on what was an awesome Sunday afternoon.

Tonight there's an opportunity for everyone to help the garden and their work. This evening at 5:30 Milagro Allegro is hosting a dinner at Canele in Atwater Village. The $35 3-course "Closed on Mondays" meal supports the work of Milagro Allegro as it provides opportunities for not just Highland Park but all of us Angelenos.