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Nov 23, 2011
In 1948, Pietro Belluschi designed a modest masterpiece of the Northwest Regional style of modernism. Now his son Tony has restored and expanded it with a deft touch.
Nov 3, 2011
I love plants that do wonderful things at unexpected times of the year. Osmanthus is just such a plant, producing clusters of intensely fragrant flowers in late autumn – usually October and into...
Oct 26, 2011
Succulents are hot-hot-hot – but not all of them can take the cold.
Yuccas are just one of many kinds of succulents, but among their ranks are some of the hardiest and most handsome succulents that...
Oct 20, 2011
With curves and swoops in every direction, Edgar Papazian’s head-turning architectural remodel on Mount Tabor creates a home that wraps his family in a warm embrace.
Sep 23, 2011
Lotusland… the very name conjures up romance and bohemian quirkiness; the place itself oozes charm and fresh delights at every turn.
I’ve wanted to visit Lotusland just outside Santa Barbara since...
Sep 15, 2011
The other day, I had the pleasure of meeting (okay, ambushing) Mr. Ron Finley in front of his verdant curbside vegetable garden in South LA.
I had heard about his garden from a journalist friend in...
Aug 31, 2011
Most people think of native plants as being politically correct but not exactly drop-dead gorgeous.
But Pacific Northwest native plants can be absolutely lush and stunning when provided with the...
Aug 18, 2011
Sometimes, even the most devoted gardener needs to tear herself away from the garden for some inspiration.
Gardening is so many great things – artistically challenging, scientifically stimulating,...
Aug 11, 2011
This past Saturday afternoon, I attended a Chef in My Garden event – a benefit for the non-profit Growing Gardens which assists low-income Portland residents in growing their own food. Dinner was...
Jul 28, 2011
The UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC is one of the west coast’s best-kept horticultural secrets. If you’re hungry to learn...
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