| Jan 31, 2009
Now that our new president has called us to service, Southern Californians have another reason to pitch in and avert a looming water crisis. We can do it now, and the first step couldn't be simpler or cheaper or more beautiful.
| Oct 11, 2008
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...
| Apr 20, 2008
When spring flowers bloom, I come down with a serious case of trout fever. The symptoms are instantly recognizable: a twitchy casting arm and an insatiable craving for sparkling waters and biting fish.
I typically look to the Eastern Sierra for the cure,...
| May 7, 2008
CALLUSED palms and bandaged fingers; broken fingernails stained black with dirt -- Hollywood actor and director Emilio Estevez proudly shows off his vineyard worker hands as he walks the vine rows.
Four years ago, Estevez planted this half-acre Pinot...
| May 22, 2008
THE classified ad caught Ilse Ackerman's eye: "Lincoln Heights Fixer-Upper. Artist Vision Required. On cul-de-sac." No address was listed.
Intrigued -- and determined -- she and husband Meeno Peluce drove to every cul-de-sac in the area in search of "For...
| Jun 26, 2008
GARDENERS know they're never alone. Visitors arrive nonstop, by land and by air. Birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, snails, snakes, lizards, mice, frogs. Maria Sibylla Merian painted them all -- and at a time when no one knew exactly what many of...
| Jul 27, 2008
It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry.
Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
| Jun 10, 2007
The dead bees under Dennis vanEngelsdorp's microscope were like none he had ever seen.
He had expected to see mites or amoebas, perennial pests of bees. Instead, he found internal organs swollen with debris and strangely blackened. The bees' intestinal...
| Mar 26, 2008
Every spring, just as the swallows return to Capistrano, so do the bees buzz back to Bakersfield. But don't expect to look up in the sky and see a swarm of them making their way west. These bees travel by truck.
And though the place they're visiting is...
| Apr 12, 2009
To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, mass-market retailers Anthropologie and Target are offering eco-friendly, easy-on-the-pocketbook styles that will land in stores by this weekend
Anthropologie collaborated with Dublin, Ireland-based Edun (founded by...
| Apr 12, 2009
Sunflower, goldenrod, dandelion, canary. Accessories, outerwear and even cocktail dresses are beaming shades of yellow, which was all over the runways of New York and Europe and has taken hold as the color of the season.
That's a little daunting for...