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April 26, 1998
No garden plan is complete without "52 Weeks in the California Garden," Robert Smaus' definitive guide to planting, pruning and picking. To order, call (800) 246-4042. The cost is $19.45, including tax and shipping.
May 5, 2005
Re "A Balcony's Bounty" [April 28]: For health reasons we moved from our home of 40 years, with its 20-by-40-foot vegetable garden plus fruit trees, to a condo with a 4-by-10-foot garden on a balcony. I brought a minimum of vegetable plants, orchids and cactuses to our condo. They are very happy in their new home. It was very encouraging to read your description of someone else's travails and uplifting to my spirits. Woodrow Miller Los Angeles
September 12, 2001
Mr. Smaus, I am sorry to hear that you are leaving [as gardening editor for The Times], but I am glad that you will have more time to garden ("It's His Time to Stop and Smell the Roses," Aug. 30). I cannot begrudge your desire, since I am able to spend most of my time in the garden and I know of no place I would rather be. I look forward to your book and have but one request to make: Please include an index; that was one of the items I really missed in your last book. Good luck with your future endeavors and hopefully your future articles.
August 3, 2013 | Steve Lopez
In a rare but perhaps fleeting triumph of clear-headed thinking at Los Angeles City Hall, high-level officials have rescinded a citation issued to a South L.A. family for the crime of planting squash in their frontyard. On the evening of my Wednesday column about Angel and Carl Teger's vegetable garden, two members of City Councilman Bernard Parks' staff visited the scene of the crime and reported back to their boss. Parks then fired off a letter to Ron Lorenzen, assistant chief of the city's Bureau of Urban Forestry.
February 7, 1993 | SUSAN HEEGER
Cascading plants can cool sunbaked walls as effectively as water and ease a steep trek from the street to a hilltop house. Here in Santa Monica Canyon, giant-step planter boxes--designed by Malibu architect Michael Barsocchini--provide the only landscaping on a soaring slope and bring a high home down to earth. Malibu landscape contractor Linda Yannetty did the planting, using greens suggestive of the tropics: ferns, fortnight lilies, queen palms and a pair of exotic firewheel trees.
Towering over their companions in the garden or providing soaring backdrops for expensive arrangements from the florist, gladiolus are among the least timid of flowers. The giants can reach 8 feet in height, with blossoms 7 inches across; they bloom in virtually every color. And in Southern California, they aren't picky about when they bloom: Many avid gardeners manage to keep glads going from late spring until the end of summer. June is typically the peak of their season, however, and the Southern California Gladiolus Society makes it easy for you to catch a glimpse of perfect specimens at its annual show, open today from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum in Arcadia.
June 14, 1990
Regarding "Man and His Garden Sow Seeds of Anger" in South Bay section of June 2: Thank God there are still some individuals left. One can only imagine how much "precious" water it takes to maintain those "well-kept lawns" [on Daphne Avenue]. The late Gertrude Jekyll (English gardening pioneer) would have wholeheartedly approved of Mr. Skeie's garden. The "natural look" has made England famous for its gardens! PATRICIA E. MARSILIO Redondo Beach
September 3, 1992
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has received a $250,000 grant from the Dan Murphy Foundation of Los Angeles for renovation and construction of facilities for plant research, horticulture and conservation. The nonprofit garden cultivates native California plants and serves as the botany program for the Claremont Colleges. The Dan Murphy foundation was created by the late Bernardine Murphy Donohue in honor of her father, a Los Angeles philanthropist who died in 1941.
June 15, 1997 | Reuters
A 52-inch legume from Brahmachari Yoganand's backyard garden may just qualify as the world's biggest bean. Yoganand, a native of Trinidad, has to stretch out both arms to display the lengthy green bean. It easily bests the 48-incher listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, and Yoganand said he will be contacting Guinness officials soon. "It all depends on the moon," Yoganand told The Orlando Sentinel. "If you plant the seeds when the moon is going up, the beans grow longer."
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