Proven Winners

Talavera, Mexico’s Colorful Pottery

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Whenever I see Talavera I'm transported to a sun-drenched climate and a culture unafraid of color. The hand-painted majolica-like pottery from Mexico comes in a vast array of platters, dinnerware and vessels for holding everything from casseroles to cacti. Of course, the challenge with any decorated pot is that it'll call attention to itself at the expense of what [...]

Ushio’s Petunias

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

As we sat beneath shade cloth on a warm spring day in Bonsall, CA, Ushio Sakazaki told me how he became the world's premier breeder of petunias. The occasion was Pack Trials, and I was there to cover the event for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Milling about us were nursery owners and buyers for garden centers [...]