Small is Beautiful in the Garden, too

“Small is Beautful” was a best-selling collection of essays on economics written in 1973. The lifestyle encourage by the author, E.F. Schumacher, would lead to “the maximum amount of well being with ...

Gopher Control Options

I hope you can give us some suggestions as to what is best to plant on a hillside in poor soil and is not liked by gophers.  Red apple iceplant (Aptenia hybrid) seems to do well but is eventually eat...

Why Do Trees Have Bark?

It happened that a certain student, full of philosophical curiosity, went to a sage, someone steeped in ancient wisdom, and complained, “I don’t understand,” the student began. “Why did God create a ...

History of Snail Problem in California

 History of Snail Problem in California If you happen to be a local oenologist — a winemaker, that is — the name of Antoine Delmas could well be near and dear to your heart.  If you happe...

The Benefits of Rain

How long has it been since we had rain like this?  A long, long time.  So long, in fact, I had forgotten what a significantly rainy winter could do for a garden. The beneficial effects of this wet wi...

Living Art

Gerda Maxey is an artist in the truest sense.   As you tour her home and garden in Sylmar, you appreciate Maxey’s need to be surrounded by art, both indoors and out.  Maxey is a portraitist and her w...

Laurustinus for full sun to semi-shade

In Los Angeles, February is known as the month when winter merges into spring.  The Super Bowl, in early February, coincides with a major botanical event:  the onset of flowering — known scient...