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January 16, 2010
Ever since "It's Complicated" landed in theaters, the online garden community has been buzzing about the vegetable beds tended by Jane (Meryl Streep). "The idea was it was meant to look like a real cook's garden," said Jon Hutman, the film's production designer, speaking by phone from a hotel room in Italy. "We try to make the movies look real, but a very delicious version of real." Hutman, who does not garden, relied on the talents of greensman Dan Ondrejko, whose credits include "Jurassic Park," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Land of the Lost."
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HOME & GARDEN
April 9, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Go ahead, play with your food, Niki Jabbour seems to be saying in her new book, "Groundbreaking Food Gardens" (Storey Publishing, $19.95, paper). The author of the bestselling "The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener" and host of the radio show "The Weekend Gardener" enlisted leading gardeners and designers to contribute themed food garden plans to "change the way you grow your garden. " They delivered handsomely. The food gardens in this illustrated book, subtitled "73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden," are inventive, inspiring and instructive - and creatively named.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
OXO, the company best known for its clever kitchen gadgets, is rolling out a line of garden tools this winter. The bypass hand pruner pictured below ($24.99) comes with a cushioned, gel-pad grip and hardened steel blades finished with a nonstick coating. It can open wide enough to trim a 3/4 -inch-diameter branch or set on a "quick cut" setting that purposely limits the range of motion, reducing hand strain during light, repetitive clipping. When the time comes, replacement blades allow gardeners to refresh their pruner rather than toss the whole thing out. Equally practical: The hedge shears shown at left ($29.
HOME & GARDEN
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine. April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Erik Larson Crown: 437 pps., $26
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
By now, you may be familiar with Central Coast volunteer vacations. You volunteer to go on vacation? Well, yes. As part of your trip, each day you will spend a few hours volunteering your time on various state park projects. Tasks include collecting seeds of endangered plants and removal of invasive vegetation, even caring for the remarkable gardens of Hearst Castle . The volunteer vacations blend this work with recreational outings along the majestic Central Coast, such as nature walks and kayaking.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | By Lili Singer
Bulbs are the antithesis of an instant landscape, yet many gardeners will wait months for brown, desiccated nubbins to flaunt their foliage, raise their buds to the sun and finally burst into bloom. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, though you'd never know it by visiting Southern California nurseries. Stores should have baskets of bulbs, but gardeners instead often find themselves turning to catalogs and websites, particularly if the search is for miniature narcissus. These peewee daffodils, most of which hail from southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, often fare well in Southern California gardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mr. Rogers doesn't seem like a likely candidate to be the next viral video, but now he is and there's nothing else to do but watch it. PBS Digital Studios, in an attempt to spruce up the images of its iconic personalities for a new generation, recruited artist John D. Boswell (a.k.a. melodysheep) to do to Fred Rogers what he's done to Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and dozens of other scientists for his "Symphony of Science" autotuned YouTube videos. "Garden of Your Mind" is a collection of clips from "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" remixed into a haunting tune.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
Inventor Jim Pohlman worked in the water supply industry for four decades, drilling wells, building fountains and installing irrigation pumps. He saw water being misused continually, often running off hardscapes and into storm drains. It made him wonder: How can we reduce the waste? One source for potential savings was in plain sight: the condensation from outdoor air-conditioning units. The water vapor produced by residential and commercial air conditioners may not be potable, but it is mineral-free, making it ideal for drip irrigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Christopher Roman first heard about Skyline 2014 via his trusty Twitter newsfeed. The free art show, composed of 10 experimental and interactive art installations showcasing Los Angeles' ever-changing landscape, was available for public viewing from Feb. 13-22. With his Nikon D7100, Roman photographed the silhouette of a fellow University of Southern California classmate in front of “Liminoid Garden" , an exhibition by artist Filipa Valente at the Cooper Design Space . “I think free cultural events such as Skyline are a major asset and a critical component of downtown's continued revitalization,” Roman said.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In an unusual departure from the norm, the star of this year's BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament might not even swing a racket. The attention-getter very well may be more bricks-and-mortar than serve-and-volley. They call the current stadium the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It seats 16,100 in a massive enclosure that, at first look, fits in a desert setting like a bobsled fits on a beach. It is not ugly, just startling in contrast to everything else around it, which is zoned for, and conceived to be, understated and sleepy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 25-year-old Tustin man is in custody after being accused of stabbing another man to death in the stomach late Sunday night, police said. Ubaldo Gutierrez, of Tustin, is suspected of stabbing the still-unidentified man at 10:29 p.m. inside a home in the 11000 block of Mount Drive in Garden Grove, authorities said. Police and firefighters, responding to a 911 call, said they found the victim with a single stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for surgery, but died at around 5 a.m. Monday.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Go native," Letters, Jan. 26 The cries for the obliteration of lawns in L.A. continue. The anti-lawn activists look at lawns while we use lawns. A green lawn can be walked upon and sat upon, and children and pets can play on it. It is an easy-to-maintain, utilitarian surface that is aesthetically restful. Native gardens, touted as water-friendly replacements, require the normal garden tasks of purchasing and installing plants, grooming, weeding and, yes, watering. A look around my hometown reveals native gardens that have been abandoned by owners, probably due to maintenance issues.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 | By Ilsa Setziol
Now that the weather has cooled in Southern California, salad greens can make a go of it. For a practically fail-proof crop, toss out some arugula seed. Despite its use in chichi restaurants, this slender green with a nutty flavor grows like a weed, often self-sowing next year's crop. "It's easier to grow than lettuce," says Kelly Coyne, co-author of the 2008 book "The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City." "Arugula doesn't seem to attract aphids or slugs," says Coyne, who for years has watched arugula seeds spill out of the salad bed of her garden in the Edendale neighborhood of L.A. The plant sprouted up in pockets of open ground -- even between bricks on the patio.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
If you're the type of person who starts every day with a quick tour just to see how well the garden is blooming, you'll get the idea behind PlantCam, above. It's a four-megapixel time-lapse digital camera for your landscape. Created by Wingscapes, the PlantCam operates much like the company's Audubon BirdCam, a motion-sensor camera that photographs wildlife at the backyard perch, feeder or nest. PlantCam is easy to mount on a tripod, post or even a tree trunk. Leave it alone to do its thing, and pretty soon you'll have individual frames that can be stitched together into a mini-movie of a bud opening or a leaf unfurling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | By Anh Do
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
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