When Italian Cypress Branches Bend . . .

Our very heavy snowstorm last month loaded and bent the branches of all of the Italian cypress trees encircling the backyard. The trees have grown very tall. However, they look quite grotesque and br...

Turn the Valley into One Enormous Garden

There is a question as to whether gardeners are born generous or become generous through gardening, but one fact is indisputable: Gardeners are among the most generous people on earth. If your neighb...

Top 1% of December Plants

The occupiers have left Zuccotti Park, but the ornamental kale remains. Zuccotti Park is actually not a park at all but a small plaza of polished stone and marble. I recently happened to visit Wall S...

A Short History of the Hass Avocado

Q: We have saved the seeds of some exceptionally good supermarket tangerines recently whose label says “FLORIDA – Sunburst.” If we were to plant the seeds, would we get trees that w...

No such thing as an old gardener

Dorothy Adams of Burbank wrote me a letter, which she signed “An old gardener.” She has a question about pruning azaleas and camellias and one plaintive request: “Tell us something ...

Plants for any Kind of Soil

Like people who keep up their good spirits no matter where life takes them, plants with the greatest flowering capacity are not particular about the ground – or the soil – in which they a...

Community Garden Riches

The other day, while visiting a community garden, I was admiring an immaculate plot of cabbages and chard when a woman, whose adjacent plot was less tidy, engaged me in conversation. “Some gard...

Loss of Pierce College Farmland

IT is startling and heartbreaking, a sign of callousness and backwardness, that at this late date, on the cusp of the 21st century, people would consider commercial development of 240 open acres R...