Welcome to my Garden Blog

Nature: wild & untouched. Photographing it, preserving it, taking walks and drinking in the landscapes as they unfold.

Gardens: touched by loving hands. Cultivated, nurtured. Drinking in those landscapes is wonderful, as well.

In my garden one enjoys some of both. Generally unpruned & wild, my plants reshape the garden as they grow.

Beyond the garden borders, natives from the Santa Monica Mtns await. Oak trees with their shady canopies. Cactus & Sage in the sun.

Always there are animal creatures to join in the fun.

I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you as they unfold.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In the News: Theodore Payne's Native Plant Tour is Coming Up

Every year I look forward to this Springtime weekend event in Los Angeles.  The Tour is always so well planned. On one day most of the homes on the tour are on the Westside, while the other day covers homes in the San Fernando Valley. I never see everything, but instead look at the list & on-line photos to see which gardens are a MUST SEE for me. 

If you have never been on the tour and you love native plants, you really need to go. It is a wonderful way to get ideas for planning your own native plant garden. Docents are on-hand to answer questions about what you are seeing and sometime the garden owners themselves.

I remember one year enjoying a Westside Garden where there were more hummingbirds than I'd ever seen in one place!  They kept dive bombing my head while I toured the hillside garden.

How do you decide what to plant? One of the hardest things about native plant gardening is getting to see the plants not in a plastic pot but living & thriving in the ground and in a garden.  You can see what the plants look like when they are mature, and what plants they like to live next to.

All the info you need is here: Theodore Payne's Native Plant Tour 
See you there!  April 14 & 15 - Tickets Available Now

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