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  • 2014 spring garden tours scheduled for April and May

    2014 spring garden tours scheduled for April and May
    Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine.
  • Arborists cut to the chase in pruning season

     Arborists cut to the chase in pruning season
    Certified arborist Rick Wheeler stands beneath a persimmon tree in a Torrance backyard and surveys the bare branches. Then he raises his shears and carefully starts snipping. He spots a crossing branch. "We'll get rid of that," he says. Then he lops off...

    Review: 'La Hija de Rappaccini's' passionate exoticism

    Review: 'La Hija de Rappaccini's' passionate exoticism
    Vincent Price once lived on Swallow Drive, just up the hill from the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, in a house full of art. The actor, who was both connoisseur and also the deliriously over-the-top investigator of evil as the mad Dr. Rappaccini in...

    Help for avocado trees: How to boost health and improve harvests

    Help for avocado trees: How to boost health and improve harvests
    This week our SoCal Garden Clinic turns to problematic avocado trees: Question from reader Steven Klein of Malibu: In November 2011, I planted a 3-gallon Lamb Hass avocado tree on a slope with full sun about 90% of the day. Despite my ineptitude,...

    'The Drunken Botanist': Cocktail plants, from garden to glass

    'The Drunken Botanist': Cocktail plants, from garden to glass
    Amy Stewart's new book, "The Drunken Botanist," explores the plant ingredients in our favorite cocktails (and the lesser known ones too). "Every great drink starts with a plant," Stewart writes in her introduction, a section aptly titled "Aperitif." "If...