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...

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...

Silverberrry: Abe Lincoln of Plants

Imagine a plant that produces fragrant flowers and edible fruit, grows in sun or shade, tolerates heat, wind and ocean spray, requires a scant amount of water and never needs to be fertilized. As if ...

Bonsai for Spiritual Enrichment

For the longest time I’ve had a vision when stopped at the corner of De Soto Avenue and Oxnard Street, along that vast stretch of magnificently sloping land called Warner Ridge. I see a Valley ...

How to Make Your Own Wine

Winemaking in Woodland Hills? Why not? Grapevines can be grown almost anywhere, including Woodland Hills, which has the highest recorded temperatures in the summers and lowest in the winters in Los A...

Sorrel: Romantic Interlude

Around a corner it suddenly will surprise you. You didn’t plant it, though it seems to have found its way into every part of your garden. It must have been popular at one time, because you see ...

Icee Blue

I went to Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge to look at the famous rose collection and fall-blooming Sasanqua camellias, but came away with an appreciation for new trends in container planting....