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2012 Gift Guide: Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History Who would have thought that plants could be so important to world history, but from the rubber plant to the quinine to drugs and treatments yet to be discovered, plants have helped human survive and thrive throughout history. From Amazon.com… “Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of […]

2012 Gift Guide: The Great Potato Book

The Great Potato Book A serendipitous look though the sorting shelves at my local library led me to The Great Potato Book, which can only be described as raising food fetishism to a new height. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. Beautifully photographed and printed on glossy stock, The Great Potato Book presents […]

2012 Gift Guide: Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it

Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it MIchael Ableman leaves his own farm in Canada in order to visit other organic farmers throughout the United States. He is on a search for “real food” among all the industrial agriculture that farming has become. The people […]

Gardens of the World: Palais Royal, Paris, France

We had an opportunity to visit Paris (for only 2 days) back in 2000. With a 2 1/2 year old boy in tow on that trip, finding places for him to run and burn off energy was of the utmost importance. Luckily, this garden existed just steps from the Hotel du Louvre where we were […]

Event: American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to our Backyards, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are with Wade Graham

In Conversation with WADE GRAHAM on American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to our Backyards, What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are Thursday, June 1412:00 noon to 1:00 pmSeaver classroom 3, The Huntington Library Wade Graham explores what four hundred years of garden making in America reveal about our values, politics, and dreams, […]

Gardens of LA – Huntington Library, Art Galley and Botanic Gardens, San Marino, CA

Now that Google Maps and Google Earth have such great satellite and aerial imagery, I am revisiting some posts that I made many years ago. I am dubbing this series, The Gardens of LA. Here I will highlight one of the many gardens that can be visited — or at least viewed — throughout our […]

Gardens of LA – Greystone Manor

Now that Google Maps and Google Earth have such great satellite and aerial imagery, I am revisiting some posts that I made many years ago. I am dubbing this series, The Gardens of LA. Here I will highlight one of the many gardens that can be visited — or at least viewed — throughout our […]

Amazing photo collection of Southern California gardens (and more) at turn of 20th Century

I came across mention of this new online collection from the Library of Congress via this Metafilter post — The Lantern Slides of Frances Benjamin Johnston. What immediately caught my  attention were all the shots of Southern California, including some areas I visit on a regular basis. It is amazing to see what was once […]