Laramee Haynes said he planted his showcase garden for the L.A. Garden Show from a wheelchair. He wanted to be sure it could be done.
"Countless people tell me they don't garden anymore because of knees, hips, whatever," he said.
A large circular planter that rotates on a truck axle, lazy Susan-style, is surrounded by two arc-shaped boxes -- all of them high enough for a gardener in a wheelchair to pull up and tend to the tomatoes, herbs and lettuce that he planted.
Taking note of the renewed interest in victory gardens and landscapes that are both pretty and tasty, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia set "Festival of Flavors" as the theme for the annual show. About 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs through Sunday, arboretum spokeswoman Cynthia Vargas said. The event includes children's activities, a beer garden and marketplace. Workshops in composting, permaculture and small-space gardening will be held.
Haynes' garden was one of eight installed for the show. The circular planter is 8 feet in diameter and sectioned into eight triangular boxes. Small plants were placed closer to the gardener, to make sure no tendrils draped over the edge and caught the wheelchair. Haynes decided against pole beans or corn because they might be too tall to tend.