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‘Virus gardens’ sprout up across coastal Orange County for spring

‘Virus gardens’ sprout up across coastal Orange County for spring

By FAITH E. PINHO, LILLY NGUYEN, LA Times/Daily Pilot

Usually, 6-year-old Matthew Perez, who is autistic, isolates himself during family activities.

But when his parents took his older siblings outside to their Costa Mesa backyard a couple of weeks ago to plant some tomatoes, peppers and flowers, he joined them.

As the end of the stay-at-home order stretches farther away, residents in coastal Orange County have turned to nature — even as cities close off beaches and parks.

The Perez family’s backyard recently became a welcome reprieve.

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