On October 9, 1991, the artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude simultaneously opened 3,100 umbrellas placed between two sites in California and Japan. This is the story of that project.
Can a garden thrive in times of drought? You bet! Here is a practical guide to more productive watering techniques that will help save money and conserve our very precious resource.
Usually seen in botanical gardens due to their rare and showy blooms, the smaller candle-type puya plants of South America can be grown in the drier climates and sandy soils of the southwestern United States.
Simple facts about the weeping willow tree and my poem entitled "Sensuous Willow" written in Chinese Jueju form.
Take a look at the pangram and learn its significance in the history of graphic arts. Word play helps spelling and vocabulary skills and improves creative writing. Try it!
Facts about the water lily
What would you pick if you could only keep only 10 of your favorite albums? Here is my list, in no particular order.
On a budget? Need a personal DIY gift with that "wow" factor? This article includes tips on how to compile photos and make custom DVDs for an audio/visual walk down Memory Lane.
Colorful Fall leaves inspire a Japanese Tanka poem in the 5-7-5-7-7 format.
Learn how to relieve tension and renew energy with this 5 minute routine which can be done while sitting at a work station.
Plants are equipped to adapt to environmental situations and stressors, just like humans. They also respond to tactile stimulation, but do plants actually have feelings?
After 75 years of being upstaged by plastics, the tagua nut, known as "vegetable ivory" has resurfaced as one of the most sustainable products in the world. Hopefully, its comeback will put an end to the senseless slaughter of animals for their tusks.
Nature's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me! A seed pod can survive over 10 years, floating hundreds of miles, until taking root on an island's shore.
Each morning your new lawn appears to have been rolled back to expose dirt. What is going on, and what steps should be taken to fix the problem? Read on. . .
Good customer service is the key to success whether business is conducted online or in a store. Read on to learn key strategies and how small businesses actually have more leverage.
Learn how to eat for strong bones, healthy joints, and overall wellness and vitality.
Transitions are an inevitable part of life, and we witness them in our natural world—from the changing of the seasons, to the slow sculpting of the Earth's landscape.
Learn to recognize signs of distress and treat the most common injuries with confidence.
A garden is any personal space to relax and commune with nature. There are no rules, only possibilities. Here are some tips and creative ideas.
A cottage industry finds success by producing natural and sustainable health and beauty products. Proceeds support research of bee colony collapse disorder, and all products are made in the USA.
A look at the custom of taking tea, its history, preparation, and presentation.
A relaxing post-Thanksgiving walk through the woodlands at the local botanical gardens is filled with charming surprises.
A brief bio of the British animator with a sixth sense for cat behavior. Meet the mischievous cat fashioned after Tofield's own felines, and watch his antics on short animation clips.
Deserts are places of extreme contrast, and as such are often overlooked as places to visit. What a shame! The desert has so much to offer, especially in the way of wildflowers. March and April are the best times to witness the transformation from bare to full of blooms.
An introduction to the hugely talented and successful cartoonist who dared to find humor in the macabre.
A look into the fashion of ladies' hats through history from its function to protect hair to its status as designer wear.
It may read like science fiction, but these fascinating examples of insect behavior come from the dedicated study by the late Thomas Eisner, the Father of Chemical Ecology.
Yikes!! Spring always brings these giant "mosquito-like" bugs. Learn all about them, their habits, and control.
An overview of one of the most recognizable and beloved tropical garden flowers.
A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscaping these areas, with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.
A how-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions have been included to assist you in making wise choices for your landscape design.
General facts about the beautiful hummingbird, its habits and preferences, with a focus on the species and native flora that attract them in Southern California.
Fall and Spring and bring the Santa Ana winds which begin as a welcomed warm caress and build in intensity to destructive gales. Haiku verse describes that progression in few words
Tips on how to help gardens grow vigorously, prevent disease, and deter harmful insects. Whether store-bought or produced at home, worm castings are a gardener's best friend.
A Seasonal rain storm is captured from start to finish in successive verses of haiku.
Are we sufficiently preparing the next generation for the future? An examination of the realities our kids face following graduation.
There are some excellent reasons to avoid using too much fertilizer on your lawn. Here, you'll find a discussion of optimum lawn care and practical environmental stewardship.
When in doubt, don't put it in the dryer! Extend the life of your wardrobe and table linens with these simple stain removal tips.
A concise overview of steps one can take to preserve overall health and well-being regardless of age or physical limitations. Includes suggestions for natural pain relief.
Build a beautiful garden around native flora and fauna. Attract pollinators and reap the benefits of an easy-care garden while enjoying visits from birds and other creatures.