I am Colleen and was born/raised in Long Beach, CA. I have lived here since 1966 minus a 15 year stint of living in Las Vegas, NV. I lived in Vegas from 1993 to 2008 and as much as I loved it there – for gardening sake I am glad to be back!

I am the daughter of a professional gardener. My Dad made a living gardening in the 60’s and 70’s. I have many memories going gardening with him. I did learn a lot and what I did not learn — I call him and ask. My Dad is now 84 and living in Northern California.

I am currently unemployed as I took some time off to move back to Long Beach from Vegas and also finish college. I graduated with my MBA in August 2009 and am currently looking for work.

All photographs in this blog were taken by me. If data is used and the source is available it will be noticed on the reference page.

Lulu’s Roller Rink is a dream that was created by my Aunt Phyllis Loftesnes and is being worked on by me and other supporters. We really want to raise enough money to build a roller rink in the Long Beach area. We have a business plan and all the information ready to go we simply need investors. Please visit our site and check it out 🙂 any amount of donation would be greatly appreciated!

I can be reached the following ways:

Colleen Brola

Twitter: SoCalGardening

This blog as well as most of what I am and what I do is with great love and thanks to my Mom, may she rest in peace. Midge 1942-2003.

Lastly is my puppy Charlie. He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is almost two years old. He is my best friend and gardening confidant. For every 10 photos of vegetables there is one pic of my doggy.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Erinleanne on April 12, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I love how much you post by the way… I have the same dog! What a coincidence! Thx for the info on everything with plants!

    Erin XD


  2. Super Erin! If you have a blog please share so I can follow you as well.


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