October 1, 2013 |
The golden barrel cactus may be endangered in Mexico, but the plant has found new life north of the border as a top accent in low-water landscapes. Sometimes called mother-in-law's cushion, the golden barrel cactus ( Echinocactus grusonii ) may not send out its crown of pale yellow blossoms for 15 years, maybe more. The cactus can get 3 feet high and nearly as wide -- truly barrel sized. Although drought tolerant, regular watering will spur faster growth, said Shelly Jensen of Worldwide Exotics Nursery.
September 25, 2013 |
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement. The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73, having lived long enough to go from being an antihero of the underground to being celebrated internationally for his writing. His life was fictionalized in the film " Barfly ," and his papers are now in the collection at the highbrow Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
May 30, 2013 |
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens announced Thursday it has received a $32-million gift from Charles Munger that will go toward the construction of the museum's new education and visitors center, which is expected to open in 2015. Munger's gift is the lead donation in the Huntington's effort to raise a total of $60 million for the project. Construction has already begun on the new center, which will feature 6.5 acres of new gardens and about 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities.
May 7, 2013 |
Once the great estate of a railroad tycoon, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has just become home to a painting of a powerful locomotive. Last week a group of art collectors helped the Huntington buy a 1935 Reginald Marsh painting of a hulking locomotive at work, belching copious amounts of steam. The painting adds to the Huntington's holdings in 20th century American art, a growth field for the institution, and complements its library holdings on the history of the railroad industry.
April 21, 2013 |
The gilt-trimmed high-rises of Waikiki offer a seductive escape from L.A. But those who rent a car - a convertible, please - - can find a simpler side of Oahu on the North Shore, an hour or so away, where locals and tourists carry surfboards instead of Louis Vuitton purses (real or fake) and debates about where to eat focus on which food trucks serve the best garlic shrimp. Residents call it "the country," and they want to keep it that way. Haleiwa is the only real town on the North Shore, and it's mainly a line of one-story beach shops, cafes, bars and shave-ice outlets along the highway.
April 18, 2013 |
A new building complex will rise on the grounds of the Huntington Library in San Marino. The $60-million construction project, which recently kicked off following a ground-breaking, will create a new education and visitors center that is expected to be completed in 2015. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens said the new complex will feature 43,000 square feet of educational facilities and visitor amenities. There will also be 6.5 acres of new garden grounds. The project will include a 400-seat lecture hall and four classrooms as well as meeting rooms and an expanded café and gift shop.