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Gift Guide 2013: 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 […]

Video: Places LA: The Getty Villa – 4 short scenes

During yesterday’s visit to The Getty Villa (my first since its major remodel), I shot these 4 short scenes to post to YouTube. A longer montage video will be coming, as well as over 40 photos of our trip.   Read more on this topic: Video: Scenes from the Southern California Spring Garden Show 2013 […]

Garden History: Our roots are strong and deep – Tree Roots, Saint-Cloud, Eugène Atget

Most of us well only ever see our gardens in youth and, perhaps, middle age. It is only in other’s gardens — those created long before us — that we can truly witness deep and long garden history. This photo from the famous photographer, Eugène Atget, shows just how deep garden roots can go. While these […]

Garden History: Leading you down the garden path

The first thing I thought when looking at this picture was the old phrase, “Lead you down the garden path.” Whether for good or ill, this garden path is sure to distract anyone from their cares or worries for more than a moment. The lovely combination of blue, white and pink (probably hand colored) provides […]

Garden History: The importance of trees (Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia)

Trees surround us and fill our gardens, for the most part, but we often ignore them. Read any article about gardening and you will see that many of us focus downwards to the smaller annuals and perennials in our gardens. Yet, it is the trees that bring the structure — the bones — the foundations […]

Garden History: Sunnie-Holme, Home of Annie Burr Jennings

Gardens are ephemeral things. Left to their own devices, they can quickly be subsumed by nature once again with natives and weeds running wild through the once-carefully managed beds. In this case, though, Sunnie-Holme was actually destroyed by its owner, who declared the that house and grounds should be removed when she died. Very little […]

Garden History: “The Dunes,” Frank Bestow Wiborg house, Highway Behind the Pond, East Hampton, New York

There is something very special about a garden house, especially one covered in some form of rambling or climbing rose. I am not quite sure why, but my thoughts have been turning to climbing roses for a while now. I keep thinking about the possibility of growing one on the front porch, over the garage […]

Garden History: Henry Edwards Huntington house, Oxford Road, San Marino, California. (LOC)

Here is a view that still exists — in a large part — right up the road from me. This is a vintage shot of The Huntington. In fact, this is one of my favorite places in the entire gardens — the Japanese Garden. This is always my first destination in the garden each time […]

Garden History: Pittville Gardens, Cheltenham, England

What is it about water in the garden? Are we attracted by the sound, the sight, the reflections that dance across the surface? It is sure that water elements in the garden attract humans and wildlife like flowers attract bees. There is something soothing and contemplative about water whether it be a still pond, or […]

Garden History: “The Appletrees,” Henry Eugene Coe house, Southampton, New York

Many old gardens — even impressive ones like this — understood the need for a porch…and a great view from that porch. Here the homey back porch looks out on a somewhat formal garden design. The boxwood hedges are neatly clipped, but the flowers inside seem exuberant and ready to break out of their confines […]