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Noted: Woodlands restored to re-create 16th century landscape in L.A. via The Los Angeles Times

Woodlands restored to re-create 16th century landscape in L.A. via The Los Angeles Times Descanso Gardens on Saturday will unveil an oak woodland that provides a glimpse of what Los Angeles might have looked like before 16th century European settlers and their livestock arrived and forever changed the Southern California landscape. Read More “Noted” items […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Allium Cernuum via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Low-Maintenance Allium Cernuum via Houzz When the weather cools in fall, it’s time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Most of the familiar ones are from faraway places: tulips have their origins in the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor (Turkey), and daffodils originate from southwestern Europe. There are a number of bulbs that hail […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Encelia Californica via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Encelia Californica via Houzz Landscape   California brittlebush (Encelia californica) is a must for low-water habitat gardens. This vigorous and dependable subshrub shows off its exuberant mass of large daisy-like flowers in spring and fall. Its long, bountiful bloom periods, combined with its food offerings of both pollen and nectar, make Encelia […]

Noted: Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz

Fall Is Calling: What to Do in Your October Garden via Houzz Traditional Landscape   I like having options — from which flavor of tea to drink after lunch to which route I’ll take to walk home. Gardening this month is no different. Whether you’re after garden chores or perhaps some seasonal puttering, it’s all […]

Noted: How to Give Your Garden More Soul via Houzz

How to Give Your Garden More Soul via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Chicago Design-Build Firms Aquascape Inc.   don’t want to start an argument, but that’s inevitable when you talk about the subject of soul, especially in music. Marvin Gaye, of course, had soul. Robin Thicke doesn’t. What’s a soulful garden? It’s expressive of you […]

Noted: How to Design a Calming Minimalist Garden via Houzz

How to Design a Calming Minimalist Garden via Houzz Contemporary Landscape by Encinitas Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers debora carl landscape design   Minimalism in the garden should should start with boundaries. Because minimalist design is about restriction, especially in the use of color within the overall design, the choice of what is used — […]

Noted: Free Online Gardening Lectures from the University of California via Root Simple

Free Online Gardening Lectures from the University of California via Root Simple I just got back from a combined Master Gardener/Master Food Preserver conference put on by the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (I became a Master Food Preserver back in 2012 thanks to a truly awesome training program put on […]

Noted: Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes

Native CA Plants in a Hidden Garden – Pierce College Botanical Garden via Animalbytes I had heard there was a native plant garden on the campus at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley, but I had not been there. I’m doing a series on Hidden Gardens of Los Angeles on TheEarthMinute.com, so I went […]

Noted: Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple via Houzz

Great Design Plant: Paperbark Maple via Houzz Traditional Landscape by Duvall Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Le jardinet   Suited to small gardens but equally at home in larger landscapes, the paperbark maple is sure to become a favorite feature in your garden.   Read More “Noted” items are particularly good finds from my daily […]

Noted: Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista

Field Guide: Smoke Bush by Kendra Wilsonvia via Gardenista The color of the leaves, the contrast with other plants, the light shining through: for many this is the point of Smoke Bush. For others, it’s all about the flowers that look like puffs of smoke at the tips of this singular bush. Read More “Noted” […]