Garden Tour Coming Up

This Saturday and Sunday is the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour and my house, Garden 11, is open on Saturday.Thought I’d upload a few pictures to entice you to come. Althoughsome of the monkeyflowers and gilias are past prime, the garden is almost at peak. Chinese fringe (non-native) and flannel bush compete for showiest. […]

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 […]

Getting Started – Part 3 of 3

So let’s review. There are many ways to convert a traditional lawn-dominated landscape into a sustainable, lively habitat garden. At one extreme there is the clean slate method where everything is removed and one starts out with a clean slate. Advantages are, that if done well, you can have a beautiful, coherent landscape in a […]


Just haven’t had the time to update this blog but will get a new post up after tomorrow night’s talk for the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). I will be speaking mostly about the plants that will be available at the CNPS-SGMts plant sale on November 13, 2010, 9 […]