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September 14, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Call it gardener's guilt: That strange sense of unease gardeners feel when they have extra plants and supplies but not enough land to use them -- and so away they go to the trash bin or the composter. PlantCatching.com is changing that. The site matches people with extra seeds, plants and supplies to other gardeners in the area who can use them. Canadian gardener Nicolas Cadilhac started the plant-swapping site in April after spending "a lot of money to buy earth, compost, bulbs and perennials at the nursery," he said.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1992
Re the article "Era Passes From the Landscape--Japanese-American Gardeners Are Retiring, Yield Routes to Latinos," Column One, Dec. 21): My father started gardening after World War II because he had no job skills. He dragged his three little boys to work with him. All the while, he kept telling us: "This is the type of work you will be doing if you don't get an education! Study hard and make something of yourself!" The work ethic instilled in us has served me well. Now, I see a lot of Latino gardeners and it warms my heart to see some with their children helping out. I know that their kids will become successful from the lessons they are learning.
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.
REAL ESTATE
January 3, 1993
For dedicated gardeners, here are suggestions from the California Assn. of Nurserymen on what to do in the garden this week: * Prepare your planting beds for roses, fruit and shade trees, cane berries and deciduous shrubs now available in bare-root form. * Think strawberry shortcake and fresh strawberry jam. Plant bare-root strawberries now for spring harvest. Consider planting in a raised bed, hanging basket, a barrel or an attractive strawberry jar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Ask Genara Paxtor about her corn stalks, and her sun-baked face breaks into a wide grin as she tosses up her chin and gestures to indicate just how large they've grown. Six months ago, Paxtor began cultivating a patch of earth in the Francis Avenue Community Garden, a small, lush space in the otherwise densely populated Koreatown neighborhood. The 43-year-old is also growing tomatoes, peppers, onions and radishes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1998
Gardeners on Monday continued their hunger strike outside City Hall to protest the city's ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. Top, Abel Rosales of Reseda fills a cup with steaming water early in the morning. Above, the day's first rays of sun have yet to reach the gardeners' station at the bottom steps of City Hall. Left, Roberto Cabrera peers out from a sleeping bag in a tent on the South Lawn.
REAL ESTATE
August 6, 1989
Gardening topics respondents want to learn more about, based on a random survey of 220 California households. Topic Percent Interested Insect Problems 52.5% Weed Control 45.0 Plant Diseases 41.0 Fertilizers 31.5 Irrigation 28.0 Safe Use of Pesticides 25.0 Bird, Animal Pest Problems 7.0 Other 17.0 SOURCE: R. L. Polk Co., University of California Cooperative Extension.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1998
Re "Gardeners Notion Blossoms at Pierce," Aug. 25. Your story about the efforts of the gardening staff at Pierce College to beautify the campus at their own expense really got me thinking about how the community could support this effort. What they have accomplished on their own is commendable and noteworthy, and I think it would be worth considering some additional avenues of support. It would seem that the adjacent West Valley Occupational Center might be able to grow some of the plants for Pierce as part of their landscaping program.
MAGAZINE
November 22, 1992 | MARY TONETTI DORRA
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1997
Police appealed to the public Tuesday to assist them in catching thieves known as "trash-can burglars" and another criminal called the "tool-belt bandit." Det. David Straky of the Los Angeles Police Department said thieves masquerading as gardeners are believed responsible for about 30 daytime burglaries across the Westside since February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1997
Gardener Bulfrano Villasenor is getting rid of his gas-powered leaf blower, even if it costs him money. Albert Cedano, who runs his own landscaping business, is not so sure despite the prospect of fines of up to $1,000 for using the machines. "Honestly, I really don't know what to do," Cedano said. "I think it's silly. People have been using them for years." On Tuesday, the city of Los Angeles' new ban on using gasoline-powered leaf blowers within 500 feet of a residence goes into effect.
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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