Where do lawns come from?

By tonipogue

Do you ever wonder where the idea of a clipped green carpet around the house comes from? It may seem like lawns have been around forever, and while the rich have certainly planted them for hundreds of years, lawns as a default yard choice in America have only been around since the 1950s.

Planting for Pollinators

By tonipogue

The decline of pollinators such as honeybees and monarch butterflies has been prominent in the news recently, and as a result I am frequently asked if I can design pollinator gardens. The good news is that different types of pollinators exist everywhere, and it does not take much space to provide a place for food, shelter and rest.

Inspiration Station: Visit a Garden

By tonipogue

There are dozens of gardens and arboretums open to the public in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Take a day or two to tour and get new ideas for your own garden. Public gardens are a great way to see what kind of plants and hardscape does well in your climate and what different plants look like in different seasons.