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November 25, 2007
Surely, staff writer Tim Hubbard will be returning to Patrick's Point [Down & Dirty, Nov. 11]. Just 20 miles farther north, a hike through Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park would leave his eyes wide. He might even encounter a bull elk. It happened to me. Julie Kirby Glendale
May 6, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
loxahatchee national wildlife refuge, fla. -- Like the insatiable plant from the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," a verdant menace is eating the Everglades. The Old World climbing fern, known to botanists as Lygodium microphyllum, spreads its asphyxiating fronds like fingers around the necks of native cypress and mangroves. It smothers the flora of the glades' unique tree islands and starves out the endangered wood storks and other fauna. "You can't cut it because it grows right back.
December 30, 2004 | Lili Singer
Projects for the Birder's Garden Edited by Fern Marshall Bradley and the editors of Yankee Magazine Rodale, $17.95 * It's easy to please our feathered friends -- just give them what they need. And toward that mutually satisfying end, this inspiring book is loaded with illustrated step-by-step instructions for more than 100 projects plain and fancy, from simple ideas for first-time birder-gardeners to guidelines for the "ultimate feeding station" to plans for a permanent backyard marsh.
November 4, 2004 | Lili Singer
Ferns look, reproduce and behave like no other plants. And this book is like nothing else on the subject. First, it's not a field guide. Only a few of the world's 12,000 species of ferns and their close relatives are featured and identified. Secondly, it's fun to read. The author shares his rampant curiosity and enthusiasm in 33 essays that celebrate ferns in a context beyond botany and horticulture. We learn of iridescent ferns, fossil ferns and the spiral geometry of fiddleheads.
June 27, 2004 | Susan Heeger
In a kitchen window, where most people set violets or unripe tomatoes, Barbara Joe Hoshizaki has a row of jars, each containing a misty, creeping plant. Jungle green, they spread like clouds behind the glass, fogging it with transpiration. Ferns as short as grass blades; ferns with parsley-shaped fronds; doll-size, enchanting ferns. Even Hoshizaki, a botanist who has studied ferns for more than 50 years, is enchanted. "Ah, miniatures," she exclaims. "So much small, fine detail.
April 9, 2004 | Times Staff Reports
The traditional fern-collecting season in the San Bernardino National Forest near Skyforest has been canceled to allow the plants to grow back from last fall's fires, forest officials said. Japanese and Korean cooks in particular come from Los Angeles and desert communities to collect the newly bloomed bracken fern each spring.
March 16, 2004 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Sawsan Barrak turns on her home computer and kisses the picture that appears on the screen. It is of a slight, blond-haired, blue-eyed young woman with a warm smile and a look of determination -- not dissimilar from Barrak herself. The screensaver is Barrak's tribute to Fern Holland, 33, an American homecoming queen turned aid worker who was establishing women's centers across Iraq when she was slain a week ago.
March 12, 2004 | Said Rifai, Special to The Times
A U.S. woman killed with another American and an Iraqi along an isolated stretch of road this week was an advocate for women's rights and often seen driving in this area south of Baghdad without a security escort, police said Thursday. "She had no security, no weapons," said a police officer who asked to not be named. "This is the way she always worked."
June 1, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Joel Chun unloaded his four children and picnic and set to work scouring the San Bernardino National Forest for young bracken ferns. Like hundreds of other Korean Americans in Southern California, picking kosari, Korean for the young plants, is a springtime family tradition. The tiny ferns are used in special traditional dishes. "Every time we have a family party, we cook it," said Mira Loma resident Gina Chun, whose family has come to this forest to pick the ferns for the last eight years.
Some people find stray cats or dogs at their doorstep. Allegra Woods finds plants. Sickly succulents, hydrangeas without hope, falling ferns. Plants left in the quiet of the night by neighbors cleaning up, moving on; in the light of day by relatives and friends who know that if anyone can give a sad plant a lift, it is Woods. The plants bring to life an outdoor corridor at the French Normandy-style garden apartments where Woods lives in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.
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