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September 2, 1990 | ROBERT SMAUS
In front of a house on a Montecito hill, the undulating landscape of perennial grasses, as pretty as any lawn, is designed to survive whatever tough watering laws come along. All the plants here are drought-resistant and irrigated by a maze of drip tubing that puts water precisely at their bases instead of throwing most of it to the wind. Created by Santa Barbara landscape architect Joan F.
September 26, 2009 | Nan Sterman
The recent recession-fueled explosion of backyard vegetable gardens caught the nursery industry somewhat by surprise. Everyone, it seems, wants to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants, even those folks who have never before picked up a shovel. Starting this fall, however, nurseries and garden centers will be filling aisles with more than plants that feed us. Growers and store buyers say consumers can expect to see more lovely textures coming to market and, best of all, more plants that require less water.
Mike and Donna Visnic's frontyard presents a stark contrast to their neighbors' in Anaheim Hills. Wind gently sways blooming wildflowers and shrubs. A dry rock creek winds through the garden. In space traditionally occupied by a lawn, the Visnics have created a desert landscape. For their use of drought-tolerant plants, the Visnics have won one of two water-efficiency landscaping awards from Anaheim Public Utilities.
April 29, 1990 | KATHLEEN SOMMER, Sommer is a Corona del Mar free-lance writer
"Landscapes California Style," a 1-acre water conservation garden in Riverside, is the perfect place to visit for new ideas and reliable, up-to-date information on water-wise gardening. The garden was created by the Western Municipal Water District and the University of California Cooperative Extension, and has been open to the public since last June. The garden looks its best in spring when just about everything seems to be blooming.
March 2, 2010 | By Amina Khan
Some Southern California cities fine residents for watering their lawns too much during droughts. But in Orange, officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for removing their lawn in an attempt to save water. The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their frontyard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water -- and hundreds of dollars -- each year.
January 5, 2012
Occupy L.A. raised consciousness about something else besides income disparity: landscaping. After the two-month encampment turned the lawn around City Hall into a sprawl of dirt, the debate now is whether to replant it with grass or take the opportunity of this topographical upheaval to do something more environmentally sound. Using drought-tolerant native plantings would give the city a chance to create a high-profile, less-thirsty panorama on the 1.7 acres surrounding City Hall, and would set an example for city residents whom it has urged to replace water-guzzling lawns with indigenous flora.
Garden long enough, and you may tire of common flowers and gravitate toward the unique and unusual. Although local nurseries carry offbeat flower plants at times, they don't have the space or staff to consistently stock a wide variety. Open up one of the many mail-order garden catalogs, however, and you'll discover a whole new world of plants with captivating blossoms. There are flowers in just about every color and shape--and many you never dreamed existed.
September 27, 1994 | MIMI KO
A Fullerton College plant sale will take place in October in an effort to raise money for scholarships. College officials said a wide selection of herbaceous perennials, fall and winter bedding plants, shrubs, California plants, trees, drought-tolerant plants and houseplants will be on sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday through Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. The plants will be at the Horticulture Center on campus on the south side of Berkeley Avenue, east of Lemon Street.
March 4, 2001
I enjoyed the tour of the handsome garden in Ojai ("Birds in Paradise," Gardens, by Susan Heeger, Feb. 4). It's refreshing to see such a collection of drought-tolerant plants looking lush and friendly. I admire the way Dennis Hall and Albert Marrero have softened the severe, spiky look that I've associated in the past with succulent and cacti gardens. I only wish someone hadn't smeared butter all over the camera lens before the shoot! Loren Tripp Altadena
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