Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

October 30, 2014 at 10:08 am Comments are Disabled

In the backyard of Penny Pengra’s Glendale home, there are no signs of the historic drought that has ravaged Southern California for the past three years. “My plants are crazy awesome,” says the 40-something who works in television, crediting her lush, green backyard oasis to the affordable, low-tech grey waterRead More

Woodland Hills architect’s home is sustainable by design

Woodland Hills architect’s home is sustainable by design

September 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm Comments are Disabled

When Jim Heimler, principal at James Heimler, Architect, Inc. moved to his 1946 canyon home in Woodland Hills 27 years ago, he was already a champion of sustainable living. Chalk it up to his 1960s Laurel Canyon upbringing. Back then, not a tree was pruned without a vote. He wentRead More

Rishi Kumar shows his drought friendly yard that he calls 'The Growing Home' in Diamond Bar on Wednesday August 27, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Diamond Bar home a model of sustainable living

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

What started as a vegetable patch and some fruit trees in Rishi Kumar’s backyard is today a model of sustainable living that he calls The Growing Home. In fact, it is how the 25-year-old Diamond Bar resident makes his living. His home-based business teaches people how to “re-think, re-imagine andRead More

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Conserving water wasn’t the only reason Joshua Frank and his wife, Chelsea Mosher, converted their tiny yard and parkway to California coastal and chaparral native plants. As surfers, they wanted to curb runoff and create a habitat for local wildlife in their downtown Long Beach neighborhood. Their 1923 California bungalowRead More

How to grow and care for container succulents

How to grow and care for container succulents

June 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Succulents either grow in the cool or warm seasons. Some grow in October until April when they go dormant. Warm season plants go dormant in October. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONTAINER Plants with shallow roots or that tend to rot faster do best in low or unglazed containers. Plants with leggyRead More

From terrariums to the landscape, succulents are in fashion

June 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm Comments are Disabled

Roxie Esterle and her husband, Jim, have been collecting succulents for more than 30 years. But their collection really took off about seven years ago when the couple joined the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. “Then we really went nuts,” says the retired science teacher, who also is aRead More