CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Dario Lerma peered over a front fence in his neighborhood at verdant garden beds bursting with tomatoes, squash and sunflowers. The retired Santa Clara County worker has lived in this pocket of central San Jose for a quarter of a century. So when San Jose State teamed with the city to offer residents a hand in improving the onetime gang haven, Lerma was on board. Since 2005, thousands of students have added their intellectual and physical muscle to the city's resources - improving life in a cluster of predominantly immigrant neighborhoods while nurturing community leaders.
April 12, 2013 |
Julie Burleigh has designed highly tailored organic gardens for clients all over Los Angeles, but at home in West Adams, her personal garden reflects a more freewheeling sensibility. Easy-care California natives and hearty gray-blue aloes snipped from a neighbor's yard share space with giant ageratum with ethereal, lavender-colored flowers, and herbs such as African blue basil and winter savory. Bright red geraniums, figs and other familiar plantings are interspersed with less common white sage and the aromatic edible lovage, which tastes like celery and can be harvested for soups and salads.
December 23, 2013 |
Food and garden writer Debora Robertson's wonderful book, "Gifts From the Garden: 100 Gorgeous Homegrown Presents," offers an abundance of ideas created from the most basic of materials: garden bounty. There are purple hyacinths planted in teacups, jasmine-scented bath bombs, a pizza herb window box and soaps that can be made from marigolds, honey and oatmeal. For a last-minute gift that can be made in minutes -- the 50th and last installment of our Handmade Holidays gift guide -- Robertson suggests planting herbs or small flowers in any pretty tin cans you might have in the cupboard or recycling bin. (At ReForm School in Silver Lake recently, we spotted succulents planted in colorful El Pato hot sauce cans for $8.)
April 18, 2013 |
Kathleen Brenzel, editor of Sunset's latest book, “The 20-Minute Gardener,” understands the time-strapped reader's dilemma. “You just want [your garden] to look its best, with a minimum of work on your part,” she writes in her introduction. She understands you're busy “juggling career, family and community obligations.” And so she promises a solution: “We show you how to keep your garden looking good in as little as 20 minutes a day.” Chockablock with ideas and projects, decorative tips and well-styled photographs, many culled from the pages of Sunset magazine, the book ($24.95)
February 22, 2013 |
Beeswax is such stuff as artists' dreams are made on these days. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. , will open a beeswax chamber on March 2, and now the Ganna Walska Lotusland garden in Santa Barbara opens an art exhibition Saturday that's all about bees and their hive culture. "Swarm: A Collaboration With Bees" features a dozen artists using sculpture, photography and drawings to pay homage to the pollinator whose numbers are dwindling worldwide. The exhibition remains until May 4 at the garden that was once the private home of singer Ganna Walska of Poland.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 |
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
April 24, 2008
Re the headline "Back to the Garden" on the cover story [April 17]: Having been dosed with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young over the PA system at camp when I was 11, I didn't even have to hear the tune for the magic of the words "back to the garden" to return. The photo of the butterfly with the headline was a perfect illustration. Danila Oder Mid-Wilshire -- I really enjoyed reading about the various gardens. I was, however, disappointed to see that you didn't include our local jewel, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont.
November 22, 1992 |
El Mirador in Montecito was once known as a special place not only because it boasted extraordinary gardens but because, despite the absence of a main house on the 70-acre estate, it became the site of spectacular soirees hosted by the daughter of Chicago meatpacking scion J. Ogden Armour. Now, decades later, the gardens have been refurbished and are again a lush retreat--albeit for a flock of Chilean flamingos, Australian cockatoos, African crowned cranes and other endangered birds.
HOME & GARDEN
February 24, 2005
THANK you for the wonderful article on the joys of discovering the value of not pruning your shrubs ["Quiet the Buzz Saws and Await the First Sweet Songs of the Season," Feb. 10]. Gardens don't have to be fussed-over lifeless sculptures; they can be living habitats that provide food, shelter and places to raise young for wildlife, including birds. Native plants have evolved over tens of thousands of years to attract native birds and insects, so why fight the system? Plant natives and stop watering, stop using pesticides and fertilizers that pollute our rivers and oceans, and get rid of those pruners, leaf blowers and lawn mowers that pollute our air more than cars.
April 6, 2000 |
* Gardener: Blythe Fair * Location: Costa Mesa in Sunset Zone 22. * Land: A flat, suburban 50-by-150-foot lot. * Soil: Good sandy loam. * Watering: Sprinklers on timer. * Fertilizing: Bio-Dynamic compost spread around plants. * Labor: Homeowner does it all. About six hours a week, "because I'm such a fusspot." * Favorite plants: Pittosporum tenuifolium for its black stems. Loropetalum 'Razzleberry' for its red leaves. Lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris japonica). Loves to cut the flowers.