CNPS PLANT SALE, Nov. 8th at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

This year the plant sales were early. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which for years and years held its sale on the first weekend in November, jumped to the head of the line by holding a Fall Planting Festival a whole month earlier. The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), […]


Summer was too short and way too busy. I spent most of it driving. Drove from LA to NYC, and back again. Then flew back east for another family gathering. This was followed by a backpacking trip in the Hoover Wilderness. Finally home, feeling exceedingly guilty about my carbon footprint. At home I ride my […]


Alas, I have been delinquent with my posts. Life just got in the way. Since this spring has been busy, I have been able to put my “lazy gardener” skills to the test. I have not even had time to do a complete garden survey – that sounds way too official, a stroll around the […]

Shedding Light on the Gold

Last weekend was the Theodore Payne Foundation Garden Tour. It was wonderful showing off my garden and speaking with like-minded nature lovers. And the volunteer docents provided by Theodore Payne Foundation were excellent – knowledgeable, fun, and helpful. Thanks to Jennifer and Anita! Anyway, during the day I was asked which native plant in my […]

Gardens Gone Wild!

Tomorrow morning, 11 am – noon, I will be at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden nursery (Grow Native Nursery) in Claremont speaking about gardening with native annual wildflowers. Not just a regular talk with the security of Powerpoint, I’ll just be standing au natural – or so it seems – in the bright light […]