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Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—and They Need Your Help via Smithsonian

  The next time you venture into the great outdoors, keep an eye out for Ginkgo biloba trees, which can be easily identified by their distinctive fan-shaped leaves. If you find one—and you likely will, as the native Chinese plant is now ubiquitious in the United States—take a moment to pluck a few leaves, snap some photographs […]

Growing Pride & Produce via Yakima Herald-Republic

Could your area use a community garden? The answer might surprise you. Here is one excellent example of both the why and how of one small community’s garden. — Douglas     A few years ago, when Gini asked some residents, “What do you think we need in Buena?” A young woman said she wished […]

Event: California Native Plant Sale – Oct 22 & 23, 2016 – 10am-3pm

Click for larger images NATIVE PLANT SALE OCTOBER 22 & 23, 10AM TO 3:00PM Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino (near Hayvenhurst) MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am-10am Saturday only ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS* With over 1000 plants of over 50 California native species, there is a plant that can fill […]

California Native Plant Society LA/SMM Native Plant Sale – October 24 & 25, 2015

NATIVE PLANT SALE OCT 24 & 25 Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. Member pre-sale 9:30am-10am Saturday only. All CNPS members get 10% discount on plants and books (must show current CNPS ID card). Featuring free native plant gardening talks at noon: Sat talk is “Native […]

Winner of Parrot Flower Power – Linda J from Los Angeles, CA

It randomly happened that one of the winners of our Parrot Flower Power giveaway was right here in Los Angeles. Linda stopped by to pick up her Flower Power today and was going to put it to use at her new house right here in the San Fernando Valley! Congratulations to Linda. I hope you […]

Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline 2014 now available each Thursday through May 2014

Looking to see wildflowers in Southern California? The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is running their 32nd Annual Wild Flower Hotline directly from their web site. Each Thursday they update the hotline with reports from all over the Southland. The Hotline is available in both PDF and MS Word format. Here […]

Event: Camellia Festival at Descanso Gardens – Feb 8 & 9, 2014

Information from ExperienceLA Newsletter Camellia Festival at Descanso Gardens larger view When: Upcoming Date/Time(s):  Date: February 8, 2014Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Date: February 9, 2014Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM   Email this EventAdd a ReminderDownload to Outlook/PDAPrint Where: Descanso Gardens (San Gabriel Valley) 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge,91011, Metro Trip PlannerDriving Directions Cross Streets: Verdugo Boulevard / […]

Top 20 Blog Posts for 2013 from A Gardener’s Notebook

  Looking back over my stats, like a lot of folks today, I see that these were the Top 20 blog posts A Gardner’s Notebook for 2013 DIY: PVC Pipe Strawberry Planter Project: Steel pipe garden edging Propagating pittosporum Elsewhere: Cooper’s Hawk in the birdbath – my video and photos from Animalbytes.net Elsewhere: Recycled Garden […]

Chelsea Garden Show 2013 this week

This week marks the 100th anniversary — The Centenary — of the Chelsea Garden Show in England. I have never been able to attend, but each year I watch from afar as show gardens, new plants and new ideas a shared via the web, YouTube and more. You can check out the basic of the […]

Elsewhere: Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA

Botanical designer blooms in Highland Park from The Eastsider LA Story by Cynthia Greenburg — Photos by Martha Benedict “The big aha was in NY,” Valerie Jurado says. It was there the daughter of Filipino immigrants who grew up in East L.A. suddenly found herself going from mass producing “baby’s-breath-1-800-FLOWER” style arrangements to designing $400 bouquets for […]