Cactus Flowers Are ‘Incroyable’

Nowadays, it is rare to receive a letter by snail mail. You know, the old-fashioned way that mail was sent, before the advent of personal computers and email. Surely you remember. Not too long ago, t...

King Palms, Throatworts, & Sunflowers

It was nearly 20 years ago that I paid my first visit to the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. Many of the plants that I saw on that visit have disappeared but the Iochromas remain. Iochrom...

The Man With Flower Power

Ted Howard is a man with flower power. His limitless energy appears to be derived from the flowers that surround him. The focus of his life is planting flowers, and he is the only person in the Valle...

Arboreta, Patience, & Australian Trees

If you want to learn the meaning – that is, the beauty – of patience, visit a botanical garden or arboretum. I recently had the opportunity to do so in Arcadia, where the Los Angeles Coun...

Pansies Perk Up in June Gloom

June gloom may dampen the spirits of certain Angelenos, but it’s great weather for gardeners and their plants. It’s nice to be able to plant, prune and weed without working up a sweat. Ce...

Asparagus & Sunflowers

Two queries involving edible plants are the focus of this week’s column. Q: I recently moved into a new home and have discovered all the wonders of spring. Many items have emerged in the former...