California Natives at Exposition Park

Imagine packing all of your green debris – from grass clippings to fallen tree branches – into a compost wall, constructed from wooden beams and wire, that surrounds your property.  Imagine building ...

Tropical Paradise in San Pedro

If you are looking for a tropical paradise, you don’t need to book a flight to Hawaii.  Just pay a visit to Palos Verdes Peninsula. I was recently privileged to visit the garden of Richard Lynch is S...

California Native Wonders

If you want to learn about the flowers of California native plants, now until the end of spring is a good time to do so.  Already, manzanita and ceanothus, the most classic of California classics, ar...

The Truth About Deodar Cedar

Learning the origins of plant names tells you a lot about how people relate to the botanical world around them.  Take deodar cedar.  Deodar is derived from devadaru, a Sanskrit word that combines dev...

Pigweeds: Edible but Invasive

Back in August, I received an email from Ronald Chong, who gardens in Hacienda Heights. Chong sent a picture of a plant for which he sought identification.  I told him it looked like pigweed but we n...