CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000 |
Nothing's too good for our gardens these days. We whip out credit cards for fancy pots, exotic flowering plants, eye-catching statues, fruit trees already heavy with bounty. We're investing in upper-crust patio furniture, planting herb gardens that rival Thomas Jefferson's, and re-landscaping our postage-stamp lots with a vengeance born of hours spent watching Home & Garden Television.
August 16, 1987 |
Q: I am interested in planting brooms, particularly the larger varieties such as Genista aethensis , G. hispanica and Cytisus praecox . I have heard that those three grow in Southern California , but I've been unable to find them at any of the nurseries. Can you give me a source? -- D.M., Pasadena A: Brooms should do well in Southern California because many are native to the Mediterranean, which has a climate similiar to ours.
June 28, 1990 |
Last winter's bitter cold spell cost Florida's commercial foliage industry about $175 million, industry officials say. Dade County alone suffered damages of about $100 million to tender tropical plants, trees and shrubs, said the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Assn., based in Orlando. "The numbers aren't quite as large as we had anticipated right after the freeze, but they still have to be considered conservative," said Earl Wells, executive vice president of the association.
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.
January 14, 1999 |
Every January, nurseries fill up with bare-root rosebushes because it's the best time (and the least expensive way) to buy and plant a rose. The most talked-about roses every year are the latest All-America Rose Selection award winners, which have undergone rigorous evaluation in 46 test gardens around the country. Two of the four 1999 AARS roses were developed in Upland by breeder Tom Carruth, known as Mr. Stripe to rosarians. "Ah, there's Mr. Stripe," they say at rose shows and gatherings.
July 1, 1999 |
Most avid gardeners--the kind who will walk a mile for a Michelia champaca--have some "secret source" where they find exciting and unusual plants that they hope no one else has. One such source is Robert Abe's Chia Nursery in Carpinteria. Several really good gardeners have told me that Chia is where they found some exotic plant I was admiring in their gardens. Chia is a cutting-edge grower, specializing in unusual, Mediterranean-climate plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2011 |
He had been called the Indiana Jones of horticulture, breaking his leg while hanging from a cliff in Mexico to collect bromeliads and facing down the rifles of Ecuadorean soldiers who mistook him for a spy. Nurseryman Gary Hammer "risked life and limb, literally, to find new plants and bring them back" to Southern California, said Lili Singer, a horticulturist with the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Over more than 35 years, the plant hunter introduced scores of rare and unusual plants to the local landscape from countries around the world.
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.
December 23, 2004 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a set of rules to control a plant disease known as sudden oak death, and growers say the regulations will make it easier for California's $2.35-billion nursery industry to ship plants to other states. An outbreak of the disease at two commercial nurseries in Southern California in March prompted at least 12 states to impose various types of quarantines on California-grown plants, threatening the financial health of the industry.