July 22, 1990 |
THE PICTURE being painted for the future is not a pleasant one: dry, sand-colored lawns, prickly underfoot, dead from lack of water. Is this, as some experts believe, the inevitable fate of lawns in Southern California? During this fourth year of drought, with reservoirs drying up throughout the state, it is crucial to cut back on the use of water. Lawns, considered by many to be the thirstiest element in a garden, certainly seem the logical place to start.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1987
Your editorial "Just a Flick of the Wrist," concerning water conservation, was right on target. This has obviously been a very dry year statewide. However, with holdover reservoir and groundwater storage, our supplies will be good through this year. Next year, however, is a question mark. In years like this, water conservation programs become increasingly important, and the fact that roughly 40% to 50% of our residential water use is dedicated outdoors illustrates the need for a comprehensive program of conservation in landscape.
July 16, 1989 |
At first glance, the baroque bronze and marble Esplanade Fountain, with its abundant flow of crystal-clear water cascading amid the lush, bluegrass lawns of Denver's City Park, looks like any public fountain in any public park. But there's a striking difference. The water in that fountain--and, indeed, much of the water pouring from fountains and faucets here on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains--is water that has defied the laws of gravity.
July 23, 1989
The July 16 piece on xeriscape, "Beauty, Ease, Economy of Flower-Filled Dry Garden" by Robert Smaus, was an excellent description of what is possible in Southern California when one considers the oxymoron less is more. Garden Editor Smaus correctly predicts water shortages in the not-too-distant future. Those readers taking his advice now will have a mature, beautiful garden in place when water supplies become tighter. Few people realize that the average family in California uses about 163,000 gallons of water a year--half of that outdoors where real savings can be achieved.
June 23, 1991
While in more aquatically abundant times you would find me appreciating and admiring Times Garden Editor Bob Smaus' article "How His Garden Grows" (May 26) it is with disbelief and disappointment that I review his expose. I too love to garden and chose my home in El Toro largely because of its small but lovely front and back yard habitat. However, due to my sense of concern and responsibility as a Southern Californian (and moreover user of planetary resources) I have been conserving water long before the recent 30% cutback was mandated in my area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990
In response to Jeane Kirkpatrick's column "Why Bush Needs Clearer Vision for Middle East Peace Plan," Commentary, May 23: Kirkpatrick's comments raise an important question: What is obstructing the way to achieve this vision? Shamir refused to implement his proposal to hold an election in the West Bank and Gaza, in spite of all the U.S.