TreePeople

You might think of TreePeople as an organization whose sole mission is to plant more trees in Los Angeles. While that may have been true when the organization was founded four decades ago, and TreePe...

Oleanders and Their Replacements

Q. I have oleanders that are dead or dying. I am told this is due to the sharpshooter insect and that there is nothing that can be done to get rid of this pest. The plants are about 6-feet-high and a...

Rain Puts Smiles on Gardeners’ Faces

For the nongardening resident of Los Angeles, rain is nothing but a burden. Rain lengthens the daily commute. If you forgot to rake the leaves off your roof, your rain gutters will overflow and creat...

Peruvian Lilies Are Always in Bloom

Q. My Alstroemeria plants in the ground have thrived so far over the winter. They are lush and green but no flower buds. What should I do now to assure blossoms in the spring? Lauralee Oster Chatswor...
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...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

“Don’t forget to smell the roses” is a piece of advice meant for those who have lost their ability to savor the moment. In a world of rationed water, whose expense increases almost ...

Don’t Forget to Notice the Natives

    “Don’t forget to smell the roses” is a piece of advice meant for those who have lost their ability to savor the moment. In a world of rationed water, whose expense inc...

Millennial Gardens

By now, almost every subject on earth has been discussed in millennial terms, so why not consider the millennial garden? Actually, if you were looking for a location to plant a garden that would last...

California Native Hedges

Question: Can you discuss options for hedges on a ranch? I have over a thousand feet of property line and need something that will not use too much water. Answer: When discussing options for hedges, ...

Ceanothus & Other Natives

In the wake of a recent column, where I discussed the challenges of growing California lilac (Ceanothus), I received the following e-mail from Pam Boyd, who gardens in Porter Ranch. “Two years ...