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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

My Newest Venture: My In the Garden Column Will Begin Running in Noozhawk

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll now be contributing my In the Garden articles to Noozhawk.com. Noozhawk, “the freshest news in Santa Barbara,” is an online-only news service that delivers essential local news and community information to readers in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria, Summerland and the rest of Santa Barbara County. The beauty of an online “newspaper” is that it’s not limited to traditional deadlines, it’s always ready to post breaking news, you can easily retrieve any article day or night, and you never again have to […]

Please Join Me on August 7, 2013

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On Wednesday, August 7, I’ll be the featured speaker for the monthly meeting of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society. My talk will be: “Digging the Good Life: Creating Colorful, Water-Conserving Gardens.” I’ll describe how to create gardens in a number of different styles by using the wide range of colorful and interesting low-water plants that thrive in our mild, wonderful climate.

National Public Gardens Day: Go Play!

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Got spring fever? Itchy feet? How about playing hooky and getting out to visit a community garden? This Friday, May 11, is National Public Gardens Day. The fourth annual event, each year set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, is a “national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation,” according to organizers. But cut to the chase. Locally, a host of public and […]

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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Earth Day festivities are set for this week throughout the county and the country. But you can celebrate the occasion year-round in the garden by following a few simple techniques. The following ideas are easy on the natural world. Some require a little effort. Others might be considered downright lazy. What they all share is the goal of conserving resources while creating a healthy environment for your plants and the creatures that inhabit your garden. You can call it ecological, environmental, sustainable or green gardening. But by whatever […]

A New Lawn Alternative: California Native Sod

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A new product — California native sod — may be the answer to a conflict that I often face: pleasing folks who want a water-conserving landscape yet aren’t willing to give up their lawns. No one disputes that turfgrass represents a hefty chunk of most residential water bills, or that water is a dwindling resource in the west. But those are not always compelling enough reasons to convince people to chuck their grass. After all, lawns provide a soft, safe space for kids to play, and a comfortable […]

Planting Bare-Root Fruit Trees

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Bare-root season is not just for roses. Deciduous fruit trees go dormant, too, and are equally accepting of being dug up, having the soil removed from their roots and then being transported to nurseries where they’re available now. Remarkably, within a few years these stick-like plants will grow rapidly, bud out and produce delicious, tree-ripened fruit. Your choices include apple, apricot, cherry, fig, mulberry, nectarine, nectaplum, peach, pear, persimmon, plum, pluot and pomegranate trees as well as almond, pistachio and walnut trees. But first, as with roses, you’ll […]

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