March 23, 2012
Here are some good flower-watching resources: Wildflower Hotline, run by the Theodore Payne Foundation, is the most comprehensive source for Southern California weekly wildflower reports. It updates information through the end of May. You can listen to reports by phone at (818) 768-3533 (let it ring several times) or download them at http://www.theodorepayne.org/hotline.html . Many local, state and national parks file online reports that update where wildflowers are blooming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Borrego Springs, Calif. -- The mood was buoyant and boosterish when the Borrego Desert Club had its grand opening party on Feb. 17, 1950. The luau went on for three days. Hawaiian singer Hilo Hattie provided the entertainment. Moneyed couples enjoyed the panoramic view of the desert and the glistening stars. A photographer for Life magazine was there to capture the fun. Designed by noted La Jolla architect William Kesling — known for his Streamline Moderne style — the Desert Club was envisioned by boosters as the social hub of an upscale resort community that would rival Palm Springs as a desert playground for the rich.
February 28, 2010
These five parks regularly update wildflower reports on their websites during viewing season. They also post activity calendars with details on ranger and docent programs. Desert USA, http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html , keeps track of conditions throughout the Southwest deserts. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Joshua Tree National Park, http://www.nps.gov/jotr Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, http://www.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2009 |
Harriet Allen, an environmentalist who mentored generations of desert activists and played a key role in the 1994 passage of the landmark California Desert Protection Act, has died. She was 95. Allen died Sept. 30 of complications related to old age at a Kaiser hospital in San Diego, her family said. "She waged a decades-long battle to educate everyone that the desert matters," said Elden Hughes, a longtime desert-protection activist. "The fact that the desert has sustained itself as well as it has is a tribute to Harriet Allen.
March 1, 2009 |
The rumors of the lilies seemed to be just that -- rumors. With my 10-year-old daughter, Isabella, in the passenger seat, I scanned the sands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from behind my bug-splattered windshield. The plan was to catch the dawn of this year's desert wildflower bloom in the state's largest park, more than 600,000 acres of sand, rock and cactus east of San Diego. After a series of winter storms, the desert was primed for a huge bloom.
February 22, 2009 |
Anza-Borrego is in bloom Wildflowers already? Anza-Borrego Desert State Park northeast of San Diego reports blooms of sand verbena, popcorn flower, desert lily and other plants along roadsides after the recent rains. Right now at the park, sand verbena is blooming along Henderson Canyon and desert apricot in Plum Canyon. Flowers also seem to be popping in the lower elevations of the park, including the Carrizo Badlands, Sweeney Pass, Bow Willow Campground and Indian Valley. Michael Rodrigues, the park's visitor center manager, thinks flowers at Anza-Borrego will peak between the third week of this month and the second week of March.