Keeping Grass Green in a Drought

Two weeks ago I asked if anyone had succeeded in keeping a lawn green despite watering restrictions.  Here are some of your responses: Where we live, it’s much drier than most anywhere in Los Angeles...

Lawn Alternatives

Slowly, over the last few years, more and more front yards in Los Angeles have turned brown and stayed that way or, in some cases, turned to dirt.  It is no longer a stigma for the owner of any sort ...

Dragon Fruit Experiences and Smoke Trees

Imagine a cactus that grows rapidly in ordinary garden soil and whose luscious fruit are on sale at the supermarket for $4.99 per pound. Would you want to try to grow that cactus? I recently wrote ab...

Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass

If you want to see something new – which, at least where horticulture is concerned, is to learn something new — I urge you to pay a visit to the Sepulveda Garden Center on the corner of Hayvenh...

Growing Plants Under Glass

Nathaniel Ward was an Englishman who loved to observe the behavior of insects and was fond of enclosing them in glass jars. Once, he forgot about one of his jars and, when he noticed it again, a fern...

Dragon Fruit

It’s about time you considered growing dragon fruit, also known as pitaya. Although dragon fruit is native to the Central American and South American tropics, I have seen it growing in the San Fernan...

Ganoderma, Adenium, Gazania, Beaucarnea

While walking our dogs in the neighborhood, I saw something I’ve never seen before.  It looked like a loaf of some kind of bread under a tree. Then I saw there were several other “loaves”. The bigges...

Titan Arums and Other Aroids

When it comes to indoor plants, one plant family (Araceae) is seen almost everywhere.  Known as aroids or arums, members of the family including devil’s ivy or pothos, philodendron, Dieffenbachia, Ne...

Botanical Expeditions with Dan Hinkley

Imagine that you are the director of Heronswood, a fifteen acre botanical garden and, when you come home at the end of the day, you are surrounded by a six and a half acre garden of your own.   Both ...