Los Angeles Arboretum

Blue-Ribbon Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

The annual cactus and succulent show at the Los Angeles Arboretum is the largest in the world.  It's a 2-hour drive for me, but I wouldn't miss it. When I see a plant I've never seen before or a perfect specimen of something I'm familiar with, I go slack-jawed and stare. And this year there were dozens. [...]

Great Books for Gardeners

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Santa, baby, are you listening? Bring me some reading material to curl up with. Literary nonfiction would be lovely---such as all those books I've enjoyed by Susan Orlean, Scott Calhoun, Amy Stewart, and Diane Ackerman. I'll take a great garden reference tome, too, like The American Meadow Garden by John Greenlee and GGW regular contributor/ace photographer Saxon Holt.  I'd also be thrilled by one [...]