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NEWS
February 3, 1999 | DEBORAH SCHOCH and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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BUSINESS
April 24, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 8, 1987 | United Press International
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.
REAL ESTATE
May 14, 1989 | JOAN DRAKE
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.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Theodore Payne, an English-born botanist who operated native plant nurseries in Los Angeles for 60 years before he died in 1961, introduced at least 400 species of California wildflowers and native plants into cultivation. Examples of nearly all the species, some propagated from specimens he collected as far back as 1903, will be on sale today through Sunday during the annual summer sale sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants.
BUSINESS
December 11, 1996 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In gardens across Southern California, a prickly ground cover, filled with Energizer Bunny-pink blooms, is suddenly everywhere. Thanks to a marketing blitzkrieg rarely seen in the gentle gardening industry, it's proliferating in patio pots, dangling from baskets, advancing over stretches along the freeways, charging up hillsides. The plant--a rosebush of utilitarian purpose and modest looks--goes by a trade name more befitting an indoor-outdoor rug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
The Metropolitan Water District took the first step Monday toward reducing water for San Diego avocados, Orange County nurseries, Riverside-area orange groves and other crops if water shortages continue into next year. An important Metropolitan Water District of Southern California committee voted unanimously for a proposal giving the powerful water agency the authority to cut agricultural water in favor of maintaining supplies for residential and other urban customers.
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