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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont says it's the largest garden dedicated to California native plants, a place where visitors can stroll 86 rolling acres and see flora in bloom from February through April. Now there is another reason to visit:...
Tags: Science and Technology, Science
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterStyle of turf. The first place to start is with the type of turf. Tall fescue is the most drought-tolerant of the main types of popular lawn grasses. Bahia, centipede or buffalo grasses also require less water. Cut higher. Cutting the blades higher, to 3...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWe've all heard the mantra "Grow California native plants," and with good reason. They require less irrigation, can withstand tough conditions and generally don't require much maintenance -- all good traits for gardeners facing diminishing water supplies,...
BEFORE scattering wildflower seeds, consider height, color, bloom time and benefit to the species that pollenate the plants you are sowing. The following recommendations include picks from Carol Bornstein, Davis Fross and Bart O'Brien, authors of...
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: For the last four years it has developed programs with information about landscaping, irrigation upgrades, resource guides, grants and retailers of California-friendly plants. To learn how to adjust your...
Special to The TimesSARAH SARKISSIAN scrambles up a hillside charred by wildfire last October in Modjeska Canyon, in the dry wilds of Orange County. Charcoaled skeletons of century-old olive trees reach up around her like huge upended velvety spiders. She finds what she's...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRose Month: The Cranford Rose Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is in the spotlight with its 1,400 kinds of roses. Guided tours, free with admission, and rose-themed activities for kids are offered throughout the month. On June 3, Jazz & Roses brings...
Chalk it up to climate or to pride of ownership, but Southern California has exceptionally vibrant home, garden and architecture tours. At movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles as well as wildflower patches in our farthest-flung suburbs, doors and gates...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKEEPING that thick, verdant blanket of grass watered in these dog days of summer is about as economical and conservation-minded an enterprise as gassing up the family SUV for the weekly commute or a long-distance vacation. It costs a bundle, and pretty...
NOV. 8 Firescaping: Landscape architect and contractor Owen Dell, a co-designer of the Santa Barbara Firescape Garden, leads a class on fire-resistant landscaping. 1 to 3 p.m. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St.,...
Times Staff WritersThe fire that engulfed almost a quarter of Griffith Park was brought under control Wednesday, but not before destroying familiar natural landmarks and leaving hillsides charred and barren. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday evening that the fire...
Tags: Gardens and Parks, Research, Animals, Tom LaBonge, Fires
Times Staff WriterThousands of hungry goats roamed Catalina as recently as a decade ago, gobbling every green leaf and shrub in sight, the island's de facto brush clearance program. After years of angst-filled debate over the voracious nonnative goat population, the...
Tags: Ecosystems, Biology, Animals, Fires, Natural Resources
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