March 31, 2004 |
U.S. Department of Agriculture regulators were negotiating Tuesday with Florida officials to find ways to ease the state's ban on all California-grown nursery plants, which may violate federal rules. California's $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2010 |
If Richard Sheffield's idea takes root, the trees will be planted everywhere: the parks of California, golf courses in Colorado, school lawns in New Jersey . . . He envisions an army of firs, maples, dogwoods and pines all across the United States -- one tree for every American veteran who ever served. How many are we talking? "I have no idea," said Sheffield, an Air Force veteran who works as a landscaper and nursery owner. "There must be millions, but we're ready." On Saturday morning, Sheffield's dream began to take shape as members of the nonprofit Veterans for Trees held their first tree-planting ceremony in the Kern County community of Frazier Park.
February 3, 1999 |
State officials said Tuesday they plan to quarantine Orange County in hopes of curbing the spread of red fire ants--a step they said is needed because the infestation has proven worse than first thought. It would mark the first time California has declared a quarantine to fight the swarming, stinging insects, which have long infested 11 Southeastern states but came to the public's attention only last fall on the West Coast.
April 24, 2004 |
Some of the nation's biggest retailers threw their weight Friday behind California's $2.35-billion wholesale nursery industry, urging federal officials to stop other states from barring imports of California-grown plants. A retailers' trade group -- representing Home Depot Inc., Lowe's Cos. and other giants -- wants the U.S.
October 8, 1987 |
On many a flowered stretch of Florida highway median blooms the work of convicted killers, armed robbers and habitual thieves. The blossoms are the progeny of Union Correctional Institute, which boasts that its horticulture therapy program is the oldest, biggest and best behind bars. Inside the high steel fences and coils of barbed wire, beefy killers with ferocious tattoos tend the pale lavender orchids. Robbers and check forgers prune the rosebushes and inspect the hibiscus buds.
May 14, 1989 |
These are some of the professionals you can turn to for landscaping assistance, along with an explanation of what each of them can and cannot do. It's important to understand their capabilities and shortcomings. Gardeners--Because there are no state-regulated qualifications, anyone who chooses to do so may call himself or herself a gardener. The range of expertise varies greatly, from someone who mows and edges lawns and does weeding, to a person with a great deal of knowledge about plants.
HOME & GARDEN
December 9, 2004
RE "Winter? To Natives It's Spring" [Dec. 2]: Orange County and Southern California enjoy a unique heritage of habitats, from coastal sage scrub to Mediterranean to oak woodlands to chaparral. The more opportunities there are to buy and grow these plants in our home gardens, the more we can understand the true beauty of California. Two local nurseries, Roger's Gardens and Armstrong, are expanding their selections of California native plants in response to gardeners' interests. They provide a great opportunity for local gardeners to get more information on how to landscape with and care for these plants.
May 9, 1993 |
Mother's Day, one of the busier holidays for growers and flower sellers, has an unlikely villain this year: the color bowl. The color bowl is a favorite Southern California Mother's Day gift. It's a mix of inexpensive flowers--petunias, marigolds, impatiens--packed tightly into a clay pot. In the past, color bowls sold for $16 or $17 each. Today, retailers are selling them for as little as $5.79. The price reflects a tug of war between retailers and growers over the popular gift.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
For a phone guide that deals specifically with the West, I went to a new series of applications by California native plant enthusiast Steve Hartman. Hartman, a board member at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, has two iPhone apps out through a company called Earthrover Software. One is for wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada ranges, another is for California native wildflowers. Each is $9.99. In both cases, Earthrover helps you "key" wildflowers with a series of useful prompts: What time of year is it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 |
The natural beauty of Japan, Italy, England and France is now no farther away than Thousand Oaks. After 18 months of construction, the $7-million Gardens of the World will open its gates today. The 4.5-acre public garden includes flowers and plants from Europe, Asia and North America as well as a bandstand and a plaza reminiscent of the California missions.