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April 5, 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.
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."
January 29, 2004
Hooray, my Thursday morning garden read has been restored to normal. Last week's "to do" list was like a visit with an old friend ("It's January -- Time to Grab a Shovel," Jan. 15), and today's winter walk in Judy Horton's garden was so uplifting ("A Season of Quiet Beauty," Jan. 22). I hope it will be possible to continue to include Bob Smaus' point of view, along with the marvelous work of Emily Green and others in future issues. Susan Keirn Los Angeles
June 8, 2003
Thank you for the fabulous Special Garden Issue (May 18). I've been reading about gardening with native plants recently, and I was impressed with the quantity and depth of your articles. The photographs also were enticing and really showed the beauty of natives and how they work together in a garden setting. Susan V. Collins Culver City
June 25, 2000
The backyard I grew up in ("State of the Yard," Special Home & Garden Issue, May 21) was mostly dirt because (1) we played endless games of touch football and tore everything up; (2) to my dad's horror, we dug a 5-foot hole to build a tunnel like the one we saw in "The Great Escape"; (3) the dog dug up everything we didn't. I can't imagine any of the elegant yards in your magazine offering as happy a childhood. Wayne Aronson Northridge
September 2, 2004
What a pleasure to read Christy Hobart's "A Family Sanctuary" (Aug. 19). I am an avid gardener, and my interest was further piqued when I read that she had a seriously ill child. I audibly gasped when I realized that her son has tuberous sclerosis; my 11-year-old son also has TS. Hobart's discussion of her garden -- what it means to her and her family, how it adds to their lives -- helped crystallize for me many of my own thoughts and feelings about gardening -- and coping. Laura Jensen Kenmore, Wash.
June 11, 1995
I read the story about the city's plan to eliminate Victoria O'Casey's Sylmar garden to a class of sixth- and seventh-graders at Millikan Middle School. The response: "How stupid!" I couldn't agree more. I am a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Every day I go into economically depressed communities to teach emotionally depressed children in economically deprived schools. Since neither the federal, state or local governments, nor the taxpayers seem to care about these children or their communities, I'm beginning to believe that the only hope for our urban areas comes from individual efforts like those of O'Casey . . . unless of course, the city steps in. How on earth can the department of public works justify its plan to bulldoze a lovely garden--an urban oasis--which is open to and obviously enjoyed by the public?
December 3, 1992 | WILLSON CUMMER
Shally Torres knows how to take care of a plant. "Water it and let the sun get to it," the 7-year-old said proudly this week as she and about 60 other first- and second-graders at Raymond Elementary School planted their new garden. Shally and a classmate tugged at a honeysuckle to pull it out of its plastic pot and put it in the ground. "Plants get food from the dirt," Shally said as she scooped out earth to make room for the plant.
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