YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsGardening


December 9, 1989
For dedicated gardeners, here are suggestions from the California Assn. of Nurserymen: Create instant indoor Christmas decorations using poinsettia plants with their bright red and white colors. Look for your living Christmas tree now while there are many to choose from. Prepare plants for a cold winter by "hardening" them off--holding back on nitrogen feeding in late fall and early winter discourages new growth.
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.
May 29, 2011 | By Andrea Wulf
As America's gardeners dig, plant, weed and grow lettuce, beans and tomatoes in their vegetable plots this summer, they are part of a tradition that harks back to the beginnings of the United States. Just by working on a compost pile this weekend, you'll be in good historical company. The first four presidents of the United States — George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — were all utterly obsessed with manure and recipes for compost. Adams even jumped into a stinking pile when he was America's first "minister plenipotentiary" to Britain in London in 1786.
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)
April 11, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
In my Spreecast with organic gardener Christy Wilhelmi, author of the new book "Gardening for Geeks," I learned a lot: that white mildew can be treated with lactic acid, that you should never buy tall vegetable seedlings at the nursery and that volunteer tomatoes -- the ones that sprout up unplanned, perhaps from last year's fallen fruit -- are better than anything you plant intentionally. In other words, she shared a few things not detailed in "Gardening for Geeks," which carries the breath-defying subtitle, "DIY Tests, Gadgets and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden.
April 10, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Despite its irreverent title, there's much sense to Christy Wilhelmi's charming new book, "Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden. " As someone who grows most of her own food, Wilhelmi knows that aphids will attack your Swiss chard. Or that beloved pets will dig up your veggies -- by the roots. And because some of us buy plant packs, not heirloom seeds, she can give advice on how to pick the best ones.
April 19, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Can you give me some tips for starting a gardening business? Answer: Make sure you are passionate about gardening and knowledgeable about the industry. Be persistent in setting and meeting start-up goals. "Change can only occur when you make a conscious decision to make it happen," said Tamara Monosoff, author of a new book, "Your Million Dollar Dream." Research the top issues for gardening businesses, and write down how you will approach each one. This will be the beginning of your business plan, which you should formalize before you start.
September 5, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sunset magazine's "Savor the Central Coast" will kick off its second annual four-day showcase of wine and artisanal foods with a VIP reception and opening night event Sept. 29 at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The next day's diversions include tours on land (milking a goat, making your own wine, hiking) and water (kayaking around the Morro Bay estuary), among other things, and are capped by the Western Wine Award, a gala beginning at 6 p.m. on the Pismo Beach pier. S cores of local wineries and others from Washington state  will gather at Santa Margarita Ranch, about 10 miles north of San Luis Obispo, for the main weekend event.
March 24, 2011 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Graham Kerr became famous for galloping through his kitchen and his life, traveling around the world 28 times and making 1,800 television shows, among other Type A pursuits. These days, the pace has changed, if not the enthusiasm. Kerr is taking time to grow asparagus. But the former Galloping Gourmet is hardly sedentary as he waits for his crops to grow. His 29th book is out this month, and he seems as full of energy as he did when he bounded into his studio kitchen and American homes in his hugely popular cooking show, which ran from 1969 to 1971 and led to other TV series.
February 22, 2001
* Talk on "Are Your Roses Ready to Go?" by expert Donald Trotter, today, 7-9 p.m., at Quail Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, (760) 436-3036. $10. * Class on home vegetable gardening, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, (818) 677-4607. $45, with registration required. * Talk on the art of topiary, by expert Janelle Wiley, Saturday, 10-11 a.m., at the Fullerton Arboretum, Associated Road at Yorba Linda Boulevard, Fullerton, (714) 278-3579.
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.
March 3, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Christopher Roman first heard about Skyline 2014 via his trusty Twitter newsfeed. The free art show, composed of 10 experimental and interactive art installations showcasing Los Angeles' ever-changing landscape, was available for public viewing from Feb. 13-22. With his Nikon D7100, Roman photographed the silhouette of a fellow University of Southern California classmate in front of “Liminoid Garden" , an exhibition by artist Filipa Valente at the Cooper Design Space . “I think free cultural events such as Skyline are a major asset and a critical component of downtown's continued revitalization,” Roman said.
March 1, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
February 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
In an unusual departure from the norm, the star of this year's BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament might not even swing a racket. The attention-getter very well may be more bricks-and-mortar than serve-and-volley. They call the current stadium the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It seats 16,100 in a massive enclosure that, at first look, fits in a desert setting like a bobsled fits on a beach. It is not ugly, just startling in contrast to everything else around it, which is zoned for, and conceived to be, understated and sleepy.
February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 25-year-old Tustin man is in custody after being accused of stabbing another man to death in the stomach late Sunday night, police said. Ubaldo Gutierrez, of Tustin, is suspected of stabbing the still-unidentified man at 10:29 p.m. inside a home in the 11000 block of Mount Drive in Garden Grove, authorities said. Police and firefighters, responding to a 911 call, said they found the victim with a single stab wound to his stomach. He was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for surgery, but died at around 5 a.m. Monday.
January 19, 2014 | By Anh Do
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
February 15, 2001 | ROBERT SMAUS
Things to do this week: * Plant early tomatoes. In warmer areas, including most of the Los Angeles Basin and Orange County, where frosts are unlikely, try putting in transplants of 'Early Girl' tomatoes now and they may have tasty ripe fruit before Memorial Day. Choose a sunny spot protected from cool, coastal breezes (against a warm, south-facing wall is perfect).
January 17, 2014 | By John Sedlar
Being a chef who grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., but cooks in Los Angeles, I have sometimes found it difficult to find ingredients I ate as a boy and still like to cook. I used to import all my own New Mexican chile pods and powders, other seasonings, blue corn tortillas, and various kinds of corn and beans, such as chicos (green corn) and Estancia pinto beans, the world's best. And now at Rivera, my cooking includes all the cocinas of Mexico, South America, Central America and Spain.
Los Angeles Times Articles