more about: California

Vacation home rentals, fall camping, ghost towns—and more travel finds

It’s time to plan your weekend! Here with inspiration: our 5 favorite travel finds of the week.

4 ways to get spooky with pumpkins

Batman and his girlfriend, the two pumpkins pictured, have what it takes to set the tone for a fun Halloween party: A little mystery, thanks to a pair of store-bought black masks. Other ways to spook up your pumpkins… Dancing Skelly  Three pumpkins, joined together totem style, form this Halloween character who appears to kick up his heels on the front lawn. Use rebar stakes […]

Fall gardening: 4 drought-busting plant combos for a cooler planet

Not to beat a dead lawn, but as summer temperatures were rising after two winters in a row of very low rainfall, the drought was never far from our minds in the West. So we reduced how often we watered our gardens … and lawn-shaming became a sport. But here’s the rub: Not watering our gardens—and allowing them to die—only heats up the […]

A great gift book for gardeners

When Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration crossed our desk, we saw the book’s (second) subtitle, 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy, and thought, Oh, Connecticut lilacs and Virginia dogwoods. Then we opened it.