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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?
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
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.
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
September 2, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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