Garden Features Beyond the Gnome

eHow. March 7, 2012. By Kendra Osburn: No green thumb? Check out these fun, no-grow garden features.

Consider something other than the traditional hardscape patio. “Permeable patios and walkways require less maintenance and can add to the sensory experience of seeing, smelling and walking through your garden,” Aoyagi says. “Striking permeable materials include criba, mulch, gravel, decomposed granite, and reclaimed tumbled glass.”

Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2012 to Open

Los Angeles Times. April 13, 2012. Show houses are often more about aspiration than inspiration, more an exercise in overindulgence than in practicality. This year’s installment of the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, however, does contain ideas that could translate in the real world.

When the stunning 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home in La Cañada Flintridge opens Sunday…

Landscaping Plan for LA City Hall Is Slow Going

Los Angeles Times. January 1, 2012. By Dalina Castellanos: The lawn at the site of the Occupy L.A. encampment is gone, but the park-restoration process is moving at a bureaucratic pace. Some would prefer to watch grass grow.

Occupy L.A. protesters planned to leave their mark on City Hall’s park with graffiti declarations and treehouses when they were evicted in late November. Instead, they left behind a park stripped of its lush north and south lawns, creating a financial and planning burden for the city and a waiting game for the displaced farmers market that has held sway every Thursday.