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As a way to make us appreciate what we had, I guess, my mother used to tell a girlhood story about trudging through the California foothills gathering red toyon berries to sell for holiday decorations. She wasn't the only toyon bandit. In the 1920s collecting toyon berries was so popular in Los Angeles, in particular, that...
California Gardener's November Checklist
In a season of traditions, let's take advantage of California's familiar — as well as quirky — planting opportunities
Southern California Gardener's November Checklist
Sow wildflower seeds while ye may, give berries some love and pay attention to produce for garden veggies all winter long
The days are growing shorter, and the scent of cinnamon and pumpkin pie will soon be in the air. It may seem like your garden is headed for its winter nap, but in Southern California there is always something you can do to make your beds as bountiful...
Northern California Gardener's October Checklist
It's still a great time to plant flowers, vegetables and even bulbs in California gardens this month, thanks to predictably mild weather
Southern California Gardener's October Checklist
Get planting happy this month — so many natives, bulbs, cool-season flowers and vegetable crops to choose from, so little time ...
California Gardener's September Checklist
Planting opportunities abound this month: perennials, lawns, wildflowers and more. Our primer covers 'em all
California Gardener's August Checklist
Pick up some great ideas from these travel-inspired plantings, even if your vacation is in your own backyard
California Gardener's July Checklist
Bite into tree-fresh apricots, inhale delightful garden perfumes and continue planting vegetables for a late-summer harvest
This time of year I wake up thinking about watering — sometimes, though, about the Giants game the night before, or Mad Men if it's Monday. True, most of California has had hardly any rain since last Christmas, but instead of obsessing about...
California Gardener's June Checklist
California Gardener's May Checklist
Only one major chore but a plethora of planting possibilities means a delightful month in California gardens
Nature tells us that the California spring is over by May, especially after another dry winter. Look for the wildflower clarkia in the brown hills. Its common name says it all: farewell to spring. But it's not a sad time at all. May brings roses...
California Gardener's April Checklist
California Gardener's March Checklist
Give natives and tropicals a well-deserved spotlight — plus, discover an easy herb that keeps on giving
California Gardener's February Checklist
Celebrate 5 California classics: plants that defy winter with bright flowers, luscious fragrance and, for some, delicious taste
California Gardener's January Checklist
Winter-defying blooms and pruning saws earn a cheer, while California-focused gardening design books get a well-deserved shout-out
Northern California Gardener's September Checklist
Welcome to the best season for planting just about everything, and for tackling major landscaping projects to boot