What Makes a Plant Beautiful?

What makes a plant beautiful? Well, yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and every plant, like every person, has attractive features to be sure. But after several decades of looking at and looki...

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...

What is Landscaping Supposed to Do?

“Could you explain what landscaping is supposed to do?” Kathryn Rostant of Mission Hills asks. “Could you generalize on what you think a nice front yard should look like in this hot...

Adam Bearson, Philosopher-Gardener

As I got out of my car, a strong smell of curry greeted me from the front yard of Adam Bearson, philosopher-gardener extraordinaire. I traced the aroma to a busy, silver-leafed plant in the daisy fam...

Cain was a Farmer with a Big Ego

Even before he killed Abel, Cain was in trouble. Cain was a farmer – which was admirable, of course – but he was arrogant. Cain thought he alone was responsible for the growth of his crop...