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May 26, 1990 | FRANN BART
Eliza Earle was born and reared out of state but is passionate about California natives--plants, that is. "I love these plants for their symbolic and historical ties to the real Southern California," she said, over an early-morning bird chorus in her hillside Studio City garden. Indigenous flowering shrubs, trees and bushes seem right at home with hovering bees and butterflies in this imaginative profusion of color, shape and fragrance.
QUESTION: I have been searching everywhere for a California native, Juniperus communis saxatilis. Can I purchase one by mail? --N.P., Tujunga ANSWER: This is a rare bird indeed. An alpine juniper native to the Sierra and the North Coast, it may be found now and again at the few nurseries that specialize in California natives. Las Pilitas Nursery is the one mail-order source and usually has a few for sale.
March 29, 1989 | T. W. McGARRY
Searching the brush-covered terrain intently, ignoring the sweat in their eyes and the gnats in their noses, members of a mountain patrol leapfrogged each other along the margin of a one-lane road. They gripped their weapons with both hands as they moved deeper into enemy territory. One pointed into a deep ravine on the right. "What about those way down there?" "Those are all dead," came the reply. "Good." It was an exclamation of vindictive satisfaction.
September 23, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
While chewing on a Rolaids tablet is a common way to relieve heartburn, munching on woolly blue curl, a plant found in the Santa Monica Mountains, may be a better and more natural way to ease digestive problems. This and other tips will be discussed during an overview of the medical and cosmetic use of native plants. The lecture is the first in a free series of discussions planned at the Soka University of America Botanical Research Center and Nursery in Calabasas.
January 16, 1988
Reflections showcases county residents with an interesting life story and gives them a format to tell it in their own words. The local flora that Mike Evans encountered as a boy living near a Newport Beach back bay left a mark that brought the 33-year-old grower back to his native roots. Opening his own landscaping business in the late '70s, he noticed an industry-entrenched cycle that prevented commercial cultivation of California plants. He decided to break it.
August 11, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK
Angered by a Thousand Oaks resident who clear-cut 10 acres of natural growth on his property, city planners denied the resident's request to replant his spacious yard with flowering trees and grass. Charles Probst's plan to replace native plants with intricate landscaping on the hillside at Westlake Boulevard and Kanan Road brought the ire of area residents, who said Probst betrayed them by scraping all the vegetation from his land.
February 7, 2004
Southern California is drought-prone, and looking for ways one can save water is always helpful. However, in "Where the (Fake) Grass Is Greener Still" (Feb. 3), we are presented with a terrible solution to a regional problem. To build our houses and create our lawns, we have uprooted plants that have adapted to Southern California's environment over thousands of years. These plants are known as California native plants. Not only are most California natives drought-tolerant, but they can also provide habitat for animals that live in our neighborhoods.
July 3, 1986 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
Amid the thorny cacti and red-tinged manzanitas of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, Paulino Rojas imagined that the border between California and Mexico was gone. It is a vision that often strikes Rojas, a biologist at the University of Baja California in Ensenada, as he wanders through the 86-acre garden near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
November 20, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Ed Peterson, a wildflower expert who helped preserve California's native plants by collecting and cataloging seeds for 40 years as the primary seed gatherer of the Theodore Payne Foundation, a Sun Valley group that promotes the preservation and use of indigenous plants, has died. He was 100.
January 29, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The humble yellow flower isn't exactly a showstopper. But to those who want to see development take root in the rugged hills of south Laguna Beach, the big-leaved crownbeard might be just that. Unlike the spotted owl or the California desert tortoise -- threatened superstars with reputations for slowing development, the crownbeard is something of a bit player. It only grows in two places, neither of which would be confused with pristine wilderness or majestic national parkland.
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