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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.
September 4, 1994 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
As a young girl, Rose Figueroa and her siblings would search near their home in Torrance for a wild grass whose tips her mother boiled and fed to them. The grass tips tasted like spinach and fed the large family in Torrance. Now, Figueroa, a Blackfoot-Apache who teaches Native American cultures to children in the Los Angeles Unified School District with her husband, Manuel, are putting together a garden at the Southwest Museum that will teach children about indigenous plants and their uses.
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.
November 30, 2005 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
For five families in Newport Beach, dunes day is coming. The residents are expected to be ordered by the California Coastal Commission to rebuild the rolling sand dunes in front of their oceanfront homes that were flattened late one April night -- allegedly to improve ocean views. It took less than three hours to level the dunes, but experts say rebuilding them could take several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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