All posts by Chantal Aida Gordon

Making Fast Friends at the Slow Flowers Summit

Earlier this summer, I (Chantal, hi) spent a weekend in Seattle. I was there for the Slow Flowers Summit, a one-day mindmeld dedicated to U.S.-grown flowers and the people who farm, garden, and design with them.…

Where on EARTH Have We Been? A Few Places. Here Are Some Updates…

Dear readers, we’ve missed you. Thank you for your notes and your “Where the phlox are you?!” emails over the last few months.…

San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale

Fly Life: Carnivorous Plants Come Out for #SharkWeek

It’s Shark Week, everybody! We’re honoring this hallowed summer tradition by spotlighting our favorite garden chompers, carnivorous plants. Welcome…to #CarnivoreWeek. All week on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat we’ll be posting a terrifying amount of carnivorous plants.…

Haul of Wonders: Behold the Plants We Brought Home From a Month of Cactus & Succulent Shows

Confession: Ryan and I attended the San Diego Succulent & Cactus Show & Sale, but we ended up completely missing the show.…

Solandra maxima (cup of gold vine)

Bloom Alert: Summer Solstice Heats Up With Solandra Maxima

Happy Solstice, Earthlings! Today is the first full day of summer, and the temps in our area have gotten the memo, with La Jolla reaching the 80s and Los Angeles sizzling up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit.…

Green Side Up Magazine

‘Green Side Up’! Your Go-To (With Us Two) Summer Gardening Guide—and Giveaway

Gardening guides that are both comprehensive and portable — soup-to-nuts minus the Googling around — can be hard to come by.…

Potted Store - Santa Monica - Grand Opening

Spotted at Potted: Notes From Our Clay Pot Demonstration

If this wasn’t our first time using power tools in front of an audience…it was definitely our first time using power tools inside a secret garden in Santa Monica.…

See You in Santa Monica: Check Out Our Demo at the New Potted @Lazybones Shop

When we first set out to build our vertical clay pot garden for Whole Foods Market, we half-jokingly said we’d take it on a world tour, starting with the balconies of our friends Jill and Tim.…

What’s the Story, Morning Glory? 7 Reasons to Snapchat Your Garden

For all the planning it involves, gardening is filled with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments. Like short-lived blossoms and butterfly fly-bys. A Venus flytrap chomping on a housefly.…

Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour

Beyond Succulents: 10 Favorites from a California Native Plant Tour

Earlier this month, we spent a day guiding ourselves around home gardens all over L.A.’s Eastside and San Fernando Valley. They varied in size, design and mood, but here’s what united them: All the gardens primarily grew flora native to this region.…