Most folks don’t consider visiting a cemetery on their garden travels. That is, unless you are a lover of old roses. I recently visited Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery as the local Rose Society seeks to preserve the historic rose collection found there. The roses form a collection from old homesteads and cemeteries dating back to[...]
No, this is not the view from Alcatraz, The Rock, the old prison in San Francisco Bay. I am on vacation, relaxing on a family reunion at the beach.. So I have pulled a post from July 2009 with an update on the Gardens of Alcatraz. I was recently invited by The Garden Conservancy to tour the[...]
Recently I photographed at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, about an hour from my home, and needed to arrive before dawn. The Bancroft Garden is one of the most iconic gardens in America, full of mature cactus and succulents in a summer-dry climate, a testimonial to Ruth’s plant choices 50 years ago and successful gardening[...]
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[...]
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.