Ask Me How

Rarely do you encounter someone who is the essence of goodness but Dan McCollister, in my humble opinion, is such a person.  There is also an undeniable genuineness about him and the fact that he com...

History of the Potato

I have written about Michael Kappel in this column on several occasions and I am about to do so again. Kappel, who gardens in Westwood despite a disabling spinal cord injury, offers unique solutions ...

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...

Wisteria

Breathless in Jerusalem.  The sights.  The sounds.  But mostly the people.  The light is extraordinary.  Each person is illuminated, without and within, physically and spiritually.  Did you ever look...

From Roof Gardens to Alpine Strawberries

With rapid change all around us, techniques for growing crops could soon undergo radical transformation as well. Inflation in food prices is due not only to food shortages – brought on by popul...

Loren Zeldin’s Exotic Garden

On the surface, Loren Zeldin would seem to be an outstanding example of predictability. Fifty-five years old, he has lived in the same house in Reseda his entire life. He has held but one job since g...

Heaven Sent DG

One of the hottest trends in landscaping involves use of gravel, decomposed granite and river rock, in all sizes and colors, for use as walkways, for mulch or for covering unsightly tree roots, for s...

TreePeople

You might think of TreePeople as an organization whose sole mission is to plant more trees in Los Angeles. While that may have been true when the organization was founded four decades ago, and TreePe...

Artichokes

If you live in Los Angeles, you don’t have to travel far to find an artichoke farm. There’s a big one on Las Posas Road, near Malibu, on the edge of a fertile valley that stretches betwee...