‘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.