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Great Garden Ideas from the West’s Best Gardens

  Earlier this year, I was invited to judge the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ (APLD) 2014 International Landscape Design Awards competition—the Oscars for garden designers. Of the many entries from across the United States, China, and beyond, California-based Colin Miller (Envision Landscape Design Studio), nabbed a Gold for this California garden, and a new title—2014 APLD Designer of the […]

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.

Sunset‘s Best Drought-Fighting Tactics From 1989

Sunset published this booklet, Waterwise Gardening, in the midst of a California drought during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It wasn’t the first time we wrote about the West’s water future, but it was very forward-thinking in its evaluation, bringing up problems we still face today: population growth, ground-water depletion, and the natural cycle of our semidesert climate, which, […]

During Drought, Should People Get Fined for Brown Lawns?

This article about a Glendora couple receiving a warning regarding their brown lawn sure caught our eyes. Attempting to be responsible in light of California’s severe drought, they stopped watering their grass and got a notice in the mail that they may be cited for a “potential public nuisance” and might be slapped a fine up to $500. Tell us: Is there a […]

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