The Eastern United States is an entirely different native ecosystem from California. Duh. The Central Prairies are different too. Oh yeah. And how about the Everglades ? The desert Southwest ? We live in a vast country with vastly different native plants, yet sometimes when we hear about the importance of gardening with native plants,[...]
I am on the road, photographing California native plants, and just too dang busy to think about anything else. My post will just be a “best of” selection from a presentation I gave at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. So here is a portfolio selection of great gardens using California natives. For those of you in[...]
What a lovely surprise to see, in Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West” (April 2016), a friend’s product featured (it’s at top right). Juree Sondker of Portland, Oregon, founder of Horticulture Skin Care, is the acquiring editor at my books’ publisher, Timber Press. She and I got to talking about the many benefits of oils derived from plants, which[...]
I live in California. In summer I can plan a camping trip and never worry about rain. I don’t worry about my roses getting beat up in a storm and veggies love all day sun. But I need to irrigate all summer; and so does every farm and every garden – all summer. It doesn’t rain.[...]
In the center of Tel Aviv, overlooking the Mediterranean and abutting the Hilton Hotel, there exists a piece of land made up of well thought out pathways, plant choices and combinations, and vistas that is a perfect template for a simple, easy to maintain and a stunning sustainable urban park.