California Coastal Bluff at The Sea Ranch

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels

In the early 1960’s, ten miles of California’s Sonoma Coast was designated for development, in an era before there was any regulatory agency overseeing coastal development. The Sea Ranch became legendary in the annals of California Coastal development, and as a result, the California Coastal Commission has clamped down on every permit. Yet, despite the hundreds of[...]

Barbra Streisand’s Secluded ’70s Retreat

– Posted in: Garden Visits

  For nearly a decade, I covered homes, gardens, architecture and design for the San Diego Union-Tribune, visiting the city’s (and sometimes Southern CA’s) most gorgeous homes. One of the most memorable was Barbra Streisand’s multi-house compound in Malibu (she has since moved, and no, I didn’t meet her). I own the article’s copyright, so for your[...]

Urban Habitat

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In the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world an ebullient pollinator garden is attracting insects and native bees to a museum science project.  The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History has surrounded itself with a 3.5 acre urban habitat garden that is succeeding in attracting insects for study by the scientists within.

Vacation in Maui

– Posted in: Garden Travels

Was I just in Maui County, Hawaii ?  Was last week a dream ?  And are there really gardens there ? First, lest anyone be concerned that the hurricane that struck Hawaii last week ruined my family vacation, I can only post photos of the damage.  The plumeria trees shook off their flowers, littering the[...]