Change in the Native Garden

Last fall’s wildfires in Southern California epitomize the changing nature of landscapes. Change can come suddenly through disturbance that accompanies catastrophic events like fires or floods, or it can be incremental occurring slowly over years. Stasis, or the lack of change, is non-existent in nature. Too often we forget that gardens, also, are systems that […]

We Can All Agree on Mulch — Or Can We?

garden in Claremont, CA. with decomposed granite mulch and river rock From Wild Suburbia Most people do not realize that gardeners are a contentious bunch. They discuss, banter, argue, and almost come to blows about which plants, amendments, and gardening practices are best. There is one thing, though, that most agree on, and that is […]