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May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
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April 24, 2014 | Armand Emamdjomeh
The shape and material of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles often creates unique lighting conditions. In this case, the Blue Ribbon Garden at the hall seems to live up to its name in this image by Neil Fitzpatrick, taken Saturday. The image was taken with a Nikon D60 while Fitzpatrick was at the Concert Hall to see "Rocco" at the REDCAT theater. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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HOME & GARDEN
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Phil Jackson's emergence from retirement to take over basketball operations for the New York Knicks last month completes a basketball circle that began, of course, when the young North Dakotan was drafted by the team and helped lead it to two world championships, in 1970 and 1973. Those triumphant, colorful days are recalled with enthusiasm, if a bit of reflexive adulation, in "When the Garden Was Eden," actor-director Michael Rapaport 's latest film, which premiered Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of its ESPN-centric sidebar.
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.
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.
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August 8, 2013 | By Barbara Thornburg
When author Kurt Kamm is not writing firefighting mysteries, you can find him on his terrace pacing among his pots of plants: 112 cactuses and succulents, at last count. “I often come out when I have a thorny issue in a plot I'm trying to work out,” he said with a grin. When Kamm moved into the two-story, 1960s home on the hillside bluff overlooking the Malibu Colony, the 100-foot-long terrace had not a single plant. Because he had a severe brown thumb and had never cared for a garden in his life, he began buying cactuses and succulents: “the biggest, cheapest, least troublesome thing I could plant,” he said.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2009 | Reed Johnson
The song, written by Joni Mitchell -- who wasn't there in person but somehow managed to grasp the essence of those three muggy, ineffable days in August 1969 while hunkered down in David Geffen's New York apartment watching TV -- said we had to get back to the garden. But what exactly was the garden?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Since it was founded 12 years ago, the Tribeca Film Festival has sometimes swerved between identities like a barfly at happy hour, exuberant but hardly always clear. The festival looks to change that this time around. Tribeca has entered an era in which it hopes the sale last month of a 50% stake to James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Corp. gives it economic stability. It also believes it has finally found a mix of eclectic documentaries, international favorites, well-chosen independent features and even digital experiments to supplant earlier missions, which relied on a kitchen-sink approach to U.S. features or, for a number of years, star-heavy studio premieres.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Anne Colby
Some garden advice can be heeded no matter where you live. But much in gardening and landscaping revolves around the specifics of location - weather, terrain, soil type and design preferences. That's where the redesigned and updated "Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping," edited by Sunset magazine's Kathleen Norris Brenzel (Oxmoor House, $29.95, paper), has an edge over a more general guide. A section on plants, for example, includes chapters on palms, ornamental grasses, tropicals, succulents, cactus and natives.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
An hours-long armed standoff ended peacefully Saturday afternoon after a man who was suspected of shooting the mother of his children surrendered to authorities, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. The standoff began shortly before 9 a.m. after a police pursuit of the man ended in a strip mall near the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens , authorities said. The man then barricaded himself in his white Dodge truck, refusing to surrender to authorities.
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April 5, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A SWAT team used tear gas and a K-9 unit to end an hours-long standoff Saturday wi th a shooting suspect who had barricaded himself in a parked vehicle at a Hawaiian Gardens supermarket, according to a release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities believe the man shot the mother of his two children at least six times with a small-caliber handgun about 12:30 a.m. in Riverside. He fled after taking her to a hospital, authorities said. The standoff began about 7 a.m. after deputies chased the man to a strip mall near Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens, authorities said.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In Southern California, spring is a good time for gardeners to start thinking about planting vegetable beds and perusing the hundreds of tomato varieties that are available. Curious about rare plants with strange titles like Black Sea Man, Chile Verde and Sweet Tangerine? Or just want some tips on short-season tomatoes? You'll find it at Tomatomania , a mobile one-stop shop for planting tomatoes that includes everything you need to successfully grow tomatoes: plants, soils, containers, stakes, fertilizers, books and tie tape, as well as hands-on advice from tomato experts.
NEWS
April 21, 1985
Home magazine garden articles bring Times readers the best and latest Southern California garden news. When Jim Allen of Cambria (Letters, March 3) stated that he had seen articles "similar" to Home's rose article in other magazines, I pulled out my treasured Jan. 13 copy of that article to enjoy once again the beautiful illustrations by Marianne D. Wallace. Has anyone ever splashed Ole and Mon Cheri roses across a page with such vibrant color and depth of feeling as this artist?
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
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)
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.
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