A Paradise of Palms

Palms are the most elegant landscape trees, and now is the time to think about planting them. Unlike other trees, whose root growth occurs in the fall, palm tree roots do their growing in hot weather...

Palm Trees or California Dandelions

In this city, no tree elicits more mixed emotions and extreme reactions than the palm. Its promoters praise it as the essence of class and elegance while its detractors call it the California dandeli...

King Palms, Throatworts, & Sunflowers

It was nearly 20 years ago that I paid my first visit to the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Many of the plants that I saw on that visit have disappeared but the Iochromas remain. Iochrom...

A Grove of Trees

I must have pulled at least 10,000 Washington palm seedlings in my lifetime. They come up everywhere in Los Angeles and require nothing but smog to survive. For years, I found nothing redeeming about...

Dwarf Avocadoes & Kentia Palms

Question: I purchased a dwarf avocado tree some years ago at Roger’s Gardens. Two years ago I had five fruit. Last year nothing stuck. This year there are lots of flower buds but it looks like ...

How Palmdale Got Its Name

  Q: I have heard that palm trees once grew in Palmdale and that’s how the city got its name, but I have never seen any palms here. Can you grow palms in Palmdale? — Jack McCarthy Pa...

Kentia Palm

The uniqueness of the Kentia palm begins with where it grows wild. Lord Howe Island, a tiny dot in the ocean between Australia and New Zealand, is only seven miles long and 3 1/2 miles wide, yet Lord...

Lady Palms Tougher than You Think

Gardeners are a defiant group. If a gardener is eager to grow a certain plant but is told by the experts “you can’t grow that here,” the gardener may persist and plant “that&#...