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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.