Taking the mystery out of sage

The Native Sage Festival is being held tomorrow, March 28, 2015, at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. I will be giving two short talk-walks (10:30 am and 1 pm) on the horticultural use of native sages. There are so many native sages, including a myriad of cultivars, that one is quickly overwhelmed. However, many of these cultivars are very

Top 20

People new to using California native plants are often overwhelmed by the many new and unfamiliar plants. Some of us “experts” further confuse these newcomers by using botanical names. Today I spent some time looking for short lists containing the most commonly used garden natives. The very best list I found was on the Tree of

A Garden of Four or Five

It is planting season in California. Although gardens may not look their best right now, it is the time of year for Californians to be garden-crazy. It is a little difficult because we seem to get the gardening bug when everything is in bloom. Those who live in places where winter means snow and cold