"Santa Monica officials say there are simply too many would-be gardeners and too little public garden space."
"So gardeners and officials have come up with an idea they call the frontyard and backyard registry. The idea would connect gardeners with homeowners who are interested in hosting gardens but don't have the time to care for them."
"They are now developing the registry and looking for homeowners willing to allow a stranger with garden tools and seeds to tend a section of their yard."
"This is one of several efforts by the city to reduce the waiting list for public garden space, which now stands at five years."