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Native Garden Tour

Native Garden Tour

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 2 comments

When I heard that Catherine Pannell and Robert Waters purchased their home in Downey 38 years ago for its garden potential, I knew they were kindred spirits. Having already gardened extensively with cacti, palms, succulents, fruit trees and more on their original 1/3 acre lot, the couple’s native garden was born when they purchased the vacant lot next...

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Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

With its mild climate and diverse plant life, California has a rich tradition of garden design.  From Spanish-influenced mission gardens, to estate gardens of the 1920s and modern residential landscapes by Thomas Church and Garrett Eckbo, there is a stunning variety to study and experience. I recently visited Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens...

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Garden-Friendly California Natives

Garden-Friendly California Natives

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Blog, Featured Plants | 1 comment

Thinking about integrating natives in to your garden? Go for it! Some of the benefits include: saving water, lowering maintenance, reducing pesticides and creating a wildlife-friendly garden. Native bees and other California pollinators can improve fruit set, and native birds and insects help keep your garden free of mosquitoes and plant-munching...

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Dotty for Potted

Dotty for Potted

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

When I need to scout for pottery or furnishings for a client, I often head to Potted in Atwater Village. Owners Mary Gray and Annette Gutierrez offer a delightfully bohemian mix of fountains, outdoor furniture, succulents, lighting, and of course, pots. On a recent trip, I admired a new tiled table of their own design, and the Loll furniture they’ve...

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The Meadow’s Story

The Meadow’s Story

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog, In the Garden | 2 comments

It seemed like a hopeful way to start the new year: Two years ago, my family and I planted a meadow in our front yard. No longer a play space for our children, the lawn had outgrown its usefulness.  After a debate between my husband and me about the merits of gravel and native shrubs vs. a meadow of native grasses, we settled on the meadow as a way to have...

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Winter Garden: Anglesey Abbey

Winter Garden: Anglesey Abbey

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Blog, Out and About | 0 comments

With much of the country experiencing record-breaking cold, I thought it time to share some of the photos I took during a fall visit to Anglesey Abbey, a  National Trust property in the UK that is renown for its Winter Garden.  Built on the site of a 12th century priory, Anglesey Abbey features 98 acres of gardens as well as a Jacobean-style house and a...

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