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Fiddle Leaf Fig Under the Roof: We Finally Get the Internet’s Favorite Houseplant

Kind of hard to believe we haven’t talked about this yet. About…you now…the fig thing. Nah, not those figs.…

Best Fronds: Inside Robert Irwin’s ‘Primal Palm Garden’ at LACMA

Clearly, clearly, we’ve got museums on the brain. And that’s okay — where else can you wander around for a day, let yourself off the leash mentally, and entertain all sorts of vivid ideas?…

The Horticult Garden: Making the Living Wall

Made in the Shade: Building a Vertical Garden Under the Canopy of Our Guava Tree

Our feijoa guava is one of those trees that asks for so little (just one deep watering a week) and yet bestows so much: 50+ pounds of fruit September through November, fodder for our guava gin, and an excuse to throw our infamous “guava jams” — that is, the rowdy parties we throw to celebrate the harvest and C’s birthday.…

Jumping Junipers! These Trees Will Bust Your Porch

Welcome to the latest edition of Tree Stories, our series in which people introduce us to trees that have put down meaningful roots in their lives.

Grow Your Own: How to Make Homemade Loquat Soda

Feeling that Seis de Mayo slump? Yesterday, after one mezcal cocktail too many, we switched to the virgin stuff — and ended up making a loquat soda to restore and steady our souls for the week ahead. …

Hear the World’s Hottest Garden-Inspired Song

Okay, we’re calling it. The song of the summer — at least as far as our backyard is concerned — is “Green Garden” by rising-star songstress Laura Mvula.…

Tabebuia Impetiginosa: A Pink Postcard From the Caribbean

Aside from our lapis beaches nearby, there aren’t many ways for C to commune with her Trini heritage here in San Diego.…

Cloud Forest: An Ode to the Cherry Blossom

More than any other tree in the world, the cherry blossom owns major real estate in C’s Washington, D.C.-raised psyche. Every late winter/early spring when Prunus trees start blooming back East and here in the West, she gets nostalgic for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, even enduring enjoying flashbacks of singing “Sakura” in third-grade music class.…

Bonsai garden

Super Mini: The Great Big World of Bonsai

A bland bedroom patio and an impulse buy were the two things that conspired, 16 years ago, to initiate Barry Levine into the practice of bonsai.…

Tree Stories: The Magnificent Banyan of Waikiki

“What’s your favorite tree?”  Several trees come to mind including our own Feijoa sellowiana (pineapple guava), but I’ve had this banyan tree in my mind for almost three years since my 2010 business trip to the Westin Moana Surfrider in Waikiki Beach, Oahu.…