Camellias

In the Valley, camellias do best in a partial sun/light shade exposure. One of the best places in the world to learn about the light and shade requirements of the camellia is at an arboretum right in...

Getty Center Garden

The garden of the future has arrived and is on display at the Getty Center. This is a garden where leaf color is as important as floral display, where plant diversity takes precedence over formal des...

Mildred Mathias and Her Garden Beauties

In 1993, I was exceptionally fortunate to make the acquaintance of Mildred Mathias. Mathias was a world-renowned UCLA botanist who was distinguished not only for her achievements in horticulture and ...

Sing to the Lord a New Song

  This column is dedicated to the memory of the innocents murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Last Sunday was drizzling and cold. It had been many years since I had visited South Coast Botanic Gar...
Island Oak- Quercus Tometella

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

On a gloomy December day, I found my way to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks, without expectations or reservations. The garden is large, nearly always open, and admission is always f...

European Copper Beech

I had never been to Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks but was glad, last Sunday, that I visited. It doesn’t take much to make a garden columnist happy. A glimpse of a plant previously unsee...

Torrey Pines: majestic, yet delicate

The most majestic tree in Los Angeles just might be the Torrey pine (Pinus Torreyana) that grows in the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden on the campus of UCLA. Yes, I know there are spectacular oaks,...