Da FUNction at Vermont Square Library

We sat down with Ron Finley recently to learn about how he became the guerilla gardener he is today. In his candid, inspiring way, the native Angeleno – best known for his 2013 TED Talk, as well as his instrumental role in amending the city’s Residential Parkway Landscaping Guidelines to allow for the planting of edibles in public parkways – has been on a mission to encourage public gardening and positive transformation for the community. And next month, he’ll be taking this mission to the streets of south Los Angeles with Da FUNction at the historic Vermont Square Library during the LA Design Festival.

Fun, creativity, and discovery – this is what Finley hopes to inspire in every person he meets. And on June 13th, Angelenos are invited to join this renegade gardener for a special day of placemaking. From morning yoga and a movie at dusk, to an open-air library and a variety of gardening & creative workshops (mosaics with the Mosaic Mafia, anyone?), Da FUNction is sure to be an exciting all-day event that will also serve as a kick-off for Finley’s bigger vision: to make Vermont Square Library a cultural and community destination.

“I want everybody around this particular neighborhood [around the library] to come out,” says Finley, “I want all of Los Angeles to see this jewel of a property that a lot of people don’t know about, but I love because it’s not on the boulevard. It’s inside the community. You have to go there to see this place, to go into the heart of it. That’s what I love about it.”

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“I think the way we’re going to change [the community] is we’re going to have to change culture,” he continues. “That’s what I’m trying to do, just to bring back culture. Gardening is a part of that to me. Food is a part of culture. Gardening is a life skill that everybody should know.”

Da FUNction is free and open to the public, so be sure to bring your family and friends! For more details about this and other upcoming LA Design Festival events, click here.

Da FUNction at Vermont Square Library
June 13, 2015
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
1201 W 48th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Photo credit: Christine Kim for Hollywood Park Life; Vermont Square Library via Amoeba