Plants Are Like Children

Eight years ago, I planted several ‘Mystery’ gardenias. Today they are flourishing and will be covered with flowers all summer long. But I take no credit for their success. For most of th...

Plants Are Like People

Plants, no less than people, have distinct personalities. Some, such as columbine and love-in-a-mist, are forever merry and bright and it is always a delight to be in their presence. Others, such as ...

Vote for the Garden Party

A reader has chastised me for using this column as a platform for pontification. “Stick to gardening,” I have been advised. Well, I can keep it a secret no longer. Let this column serve n...

10% of our brains, 1% of our plants

For years, accepted wisdom held that we humans normally use only 10 percent of our brains. Recent research on the subject of brain utilization, however, considers this statistic a myth and maintains ...

Moth Orchids

My rabbi often assures me that there is a reason for everything, that there is really no such thing as an accident, that life only presents us with trials and tests that we are meant to pass, and tha...

Faith and Roots

It may be only February, but spring in Los Angeles is very much in the air. Already the evergreen pear trees are covered in white blossoms, the hummingbirds have returned, and there is that special f...