April 27, 2013 |
We recently stayed at Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. It's set in six beautifully landscaped acres, with a swimming pool, lake, ducks, blossoming cherry trees, Asian sculptures and large rooms with all the comforts you could want. Very reasonable rates and a helpful and gracious staff. Dinah's Garden Hotel, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; (650) 493-2844, http://www.dinahshotel.com . Lee Soskin Studio City
April 25, 2013 |
Not a rock goes unturned in Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren's new book, “The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance” ($34.95, Timber Press ). The authors give us context for the renewed interest in native gardening, describing what our land looked like before Native Americans settled here. They take us through the changes that came with European farming practices and bring us to our present state of concrete, lawns and imported ornamentals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 |
Martyl Langsdorf, the artist who created the widely known Doomsday Clock for the first cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, died March 26 at a rehabilitation facility near her home in suburban Chicago of complications from a lung infection. She was 96. Since its introduction in 1947, the drawing of the Doomsday Clock has kept watch as international incidents flared. The clock is a symbol of the Nuclear Age, whose minute hand moves closer to midnight - and presumed annihilation - with each major immediate danger.
April 11, 2013
Re "This landscaping is a crime," Column, April 7 As a Los Angeles taxpayer, this irks me no end. A $170-million cost overrun for the Los Angeles Police Department's new headquarters, with $1 million spent on failed landscaping? You have got to be kidding me. This doesn't even include the extra $400,000 on the latest "upgrade" to fix the grounds surrounding the building. Los Angeles should follow the example of many cities in Nevada and Arizona: Plop down some sand, boulders, native plants and cactus and be done with it. It looks great, it's ecologically sound and it's cheaper to maintain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2013 |
If the penal code had a section on landscaping crimes, the Los Angeles Police Department would need a full-time squad to go after everyone responsible for the ongoing fiasco on its own property. It's been 3 1/2 years since the new headquarters opened at 1st and Spring streets, and the city is still trying to get the landscaping right, with planter boxes empty, dead palm trees still standing, a scrubby dirt garden near the memorial to fallen police officers and piles of soil and sand blighting the landscape.
March 28, 2013 |
A new one-room permanent collection installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on view for the rest of 2013, raises provocative questions in skillfully astute ways. The subject is 19th century American landscape art, and the artists range from the relatively obscure to the celebrated -- Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Hill, George Inness, John F. Kensett, Winslow Homer and more. The west wall has a spare lineup of all five LACMA paintings that show the American West, hung to create a continuous horizon line.