Aloe vera: Not the Only Medicinal Aloe

Aloe vera is not the only medicinal aloe, but not all aloes have medicinal properties. In fact, some are poisonous. Duke Benadom of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society and author of Superb Succulents researched and compiled this list of medicinal aloes (in blue) and poisonous aloes (in red) ~ Benadom notes, “It’s important for the[...]

Tallgrass Prairie Inspiration

I have wanted to go to the Tallgrass Prairies for many years. My very first successes as a nature photographer were documenting serpentine grasses in the Ring Mountain Nature Conservancy preserve in California. I have done two garden books featuring grasses, one on ornamental Grasses with Nancy Ondra who started Gardening Gone Wild with Fran so[...]

Curating Garden Videos For Fun But No Profit

I learned to garden as an adult by poring over gardening magazines and watching shows on HGTV, like “Gardening by the Yard.” Remember that one? Sadly, none of the instructional and inspirational shows that taught me to garden are still on the air, since HGTV replaced them with shows about outdoor decorating. Furniture, fabric and[...]

Win $500 for Your Creative Handcrafted Container!

To celebrate their new book, “Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers”, Potted—a Los Angeles garden boutique—is having a DIY Planter Contest, and I’m one of the judges! Ends June 21, 2017. Winner announced June 26. WINNER GETS A $500 gift certificate to Potted-–yes, they sell mail-order—and also will receive a copy of their new book, as will the top four runners-up! IMPORTANT: This[...]