The Land is Breathing

It’s the first week of November, and we’ve already had our first big rain. Nights are cold and days are warm. As I write this morning I can see the dew dripping from the buckwheat outside my office. By midafternoon it will have long since have evaporated in the warm...

Valuing Horticulture

Being a professional horticulturist is fun. I can say that from experience, having held quite a number of different plant related jobs over the years. Visiting a new garden or new habitat, stumbling upon a rare and unexpected bloom, or the satisfaction that comes with...

Landscaping for the Future

My past few blog articles have focused on big picture ideas that I hope will lead us to a sustainable future. Today I want to hone in on a specific project that I believe is an important step in guiding us towards those changes, our California Native Plant Landscaper...

Metamorphosis

In recent weeks, metamorphosis has been on my mind. Just outside my office, a stand of narrow leaf milkweed is currently hosting all phases of Monarch butterflies: the striped caterpillars slowly moving and quickly growing, the bright orange adult butterflies dancing...

Biodiversity in the Built Environment

As much as I try to remain optimistic about the state of things, there’s no denying the fact that we are facing serious environmental problems. In addition to the climate crisis, we are living through a punctuated and rapid loss of biodiversity that biologists refer...