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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

What’s That Tree?


Have you always wondered what that purple-flowering tree was, down the street? Or the one by the post office that turns bright yellow in fall? Turn to a new book by Matt Ritter, a botany professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and you should have the answer in short order. “A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us” features 150 of the most common trees growing in urban and suburban areas across the state. “Ninety-five percent of the trees are covered,” Ritter said, noting that these are […]

Too Funny to Pass Up


I don’t usually post jokes. However, this one was just too funny to pass up. It came to me via Terri Maguire, a colleague with APLD, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She’s not sure who deserves credit. If you know the original source, please let me know! ≈ An old Italian lived alone in Batavia, New York. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in […]

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