Goodbye Stocks, Hello Exotics

  If you visit Worldwide Exotics Nursery in Lakeview Terrace, I promise that you will encounter numerous plants that you have never seen before and will probably never see again, unless you take...

A Luddite’s Paradise

                    Loren Zeldin doesn’t have a computer or a cell phone or even a camera. But he does have a garden, which is the focus of his...

Gary Hammer’s Non-Stop Nursery

Gary Hammer’s dream was to open a nursery, and now that he’s done it, he has no time to be sentimental about it. Hammer says he works  “from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.  ”...

Cain was a Farmer with a Big Ego

Even before he killed Abel, Cain was in trouble. Cain was a farmer – which was admirable, of course – but he was arrogant. Cain thought he alone was responsible for the growth of his crop...

The Man With Flower Power

Ted Howard is a man with flower power. His limitless energy appears to be derived from the flowers that surround him. The focus of his life is planting flowers, and he is the only person in the Valle...

Jurassic Garden of Cycads

It was in 1989 that Maurice Levin, who was visiting Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands, noticed the uniqueness of cycads for the first time. He asked his guide about them and learned that these 100-mil...

Loren Zeldin is Attached to his Garden

Loren Zeldin has lived in the same house in Reseda for all of his 43 years. As time passes, the possibility of his moving somewhere else becomes increasingly remote. The reason for this has to do wit...

Loren Zeldin’s Garden

Loren Zeldin does not own a computer. “I would rather be in the garden in the sun than cramped up indoors in front of a little screen,” he said. Actually, Zeldin has nothing against compu...

Intuition Is Key to Growing Plants

Los Angeles horticulturist Bill Paylen will tell it to you bluntly. Making flora flourish has nothing to do with how learned you are or how much money you spend on a particular plant. Nor does it hav...