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.
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.
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.
December 11, 1996 |
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 |
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.
July 22, 1989 |
The shoppers trek to Leucadia from all over Southern California. As often as not, they bring grandmas, children, picnics and--of course--spades and a spare pot or three. Weidners' Begonia Gardens is not your typical neighborhood nursery. This weekend, Weidners' hosts its annual begonia festival, during which you can attend free lectures on everything from putting color in your garden to propagation tips. You also can dig up tuberous begonias for as little as $4.95 a plant.
March 3, 1989 |
Bonsai is not a hobby for everyone. The art of dwarfing and shaping trees in shallow pots requires a certain feel for each tree's possibilities, as well as an artistic appreciation of form and, most of all, patience. Practitioners of bonsai must water and tend to their plants daily, and it may take years for a plant to attain its optimum form and beauty. Bonsai trees cultivated by masters of the art will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 1990 |
While working in a nursery, Phyllis Bernstein saw firsthand the problems and frustrations of gardeners who visited the store. "It's very common for someone to walk into a nursery, buy hundreds of dollars' worth of plants and never pick up a book on basic gardening," she said. "Then a few months later, they're back." As a "passionate gardener" and horticulturist, Bernstein tried to help customers choose the best plants for their yards but was often stymied by their lack of knowledge.
March 3, 1989 |
For hundreds of years, a gnarled California juniper struggled to survive on a wind-swept mountainside near Tehachapi. Snow and rain battered it during the winters, and parched, arid summers stunted its growth. Much of its twisted trunk had died, but a portion of the tree was still alive when Harry Hirao came along in 1974.
October 17, 2001 |
California's Rose Bowl may be known the world over, but its once proud rose-growing industry is fading from the landscape, pushed to the brink of extinction by soaring costs and intense competition from Ecuadorean and Colombian blooms. Even California supermarkets such as Ralphs, which once stocked local roses, are now touting the larger blooms and more unusual colors of South American imports. Signs at Ralphs urge customers to "Say It With Ecuadorean Flowers!"