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Rain Gardens

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Blog, Out and About, The New Front Porch | 0 comments

Why plant a rain garden? You might assume that something with the words rain and garden next to each other does not immediately sound feasible for drought-stricken Southern California.  But rain gardens are a form of water harvesting — a way to capture and filter water that would otherwise flow into storm drains and eventually, the ocean. They...

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Sneak Peek: South Pasadena Garden Tour

Sneak Peek: South Pasadena Garden Tour

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

With the event just a month away, I thought you might enjoy previewing the four beautiful properties on South Pasadena Beautiful’s annual Garden Tour. The gardens are wonderfully diverse, including a playful Mediterranean garden; an informal, primarily native garden; a traditional garden with lovely outdoor rooms; and a very large, meandering...

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Winter Flowering Trees

Winter Flowering Trees

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog, Featured Plants | 0 comments

Since early February, I’ve been stopping in my tracks to admire the soft pinks and whites of the region’s flowering trees.  When in bloom, they are unbeatable for impact in the garden.  Here are a few options that will have you swooning for many Valentine’s Days to come. (In the coming weeks, keep your eyes peeled for the delicate blooms...

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Bee-friendly Gardens

Bee-friendly Gardens

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Blog, In the Garden | 1 comment

Are you longing for a garden that hums with life? My garden reading this winter has been highlighted by California Bees & Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists.  Drawing from years of research at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, the book outlines how to transform an urban or suburban garden into a bee-friendly habitat. California Bees and...

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Hollywood Garden Tour: Judy Horton

Hollywood Garden Tour: Judy Horton

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

Surrounding one of the original 1920’s Hollywoodland cottages in Beachwood Canyon, Landscape designer Judy Horton’s garden is a jewel box filled with plants that reflect her 25 years of gardening and designing.  I was amazed at the number of unusual plants (270 species!) tucked into the tiny garden when I visited in June as part of the Southern...

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