Category Archives: Horticulture

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Speaking Engagement: Permeable Hardscaping Lecture & Workshop

Another speaking engagement! On Saturday, May 16, I will be speaking once again on a topic related to coping with the historic drought: Permeable Hardscaping. My talk is being hosted by Garden for the Environment, the organic demonstration garden on 7th and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Design: Drought Tolerance

One thing I hear all the time – perhaps more than anything else in design requests – is drought tolerance. Besides doing my own designs and installations, I field the initial design requests for the design team at Flora Grubb … Continue reading

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Speaking Engagement: “Life After Lawn” Sustainable Lawn Replacement Workshop

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Well, I’m at it again! This Saturday, I’ll be speaking for TWO HOURS at a workshop on sustainable gardening with a focus on replacing lawns! My talk is being hosted by Garden for the Environment, the organic demonstration garden on 7th … Continue reading

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A Fabulous Cross-Generic Hybrid

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Last week we had an amusing episode relating to a particularly interesting plant down the street from me. My friend/compadre/mentor Charmain Giuliani, who teaches Plant ID (among other subjects) in the Environmental Horticulture department at my Alma Mater, CCSF, wanted to get a … Continue reading

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Pat, I’m Gonna Take a P (Coping with Dog Urine)

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I’m a fan of Wheel of Fortune. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid, back when it first started as a morning program, and the contestants had to “buy” prizes with their winnings instead of getting cash. Love … Continue reading

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Drew School’s Beautiful Living Wall

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The Drew School in San Francisco had a vertical garden put in a couple of years ago, and watching it grow has been fascinating! Now, I’ve actually heard comments that it’s looking “haggard and overgrown.” I’m gonna throw in my … Continue reading

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When Imagination Fails, There’s Always Boxwood

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Not long ago I came across a plant that threw me for a loop. It was a California native plant, flannel bush (Fremontodendron californicum) that had been pruned into a topiary cube. At first, I was offended. Its natural form … Continue reading

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Philodendron Love

Recently I came across the video below and just had to share it. The not-so-subtle sexiness is really quite amusing, not to mention it’s just fascinating to see what’s done to pollinate them outside of their native habitat. I took … Continue reading

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Prepping for a Meadow on Alcatraz

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What a GORGEOUS day it was today! Here we are a couple of days into the new year, and it was clear and sunny. A perfect day for gardening on Alcatraz! It was cold, though. Very cold (well, not by … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with My Aeonium?

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This time of year I hear that question a lot, from garden clients and from customers at Flora Grubb Gardens. Aeoniums are these beautiful rosette-forming, succulent, small shrubs and perennials. Though often called “Hens and Chicks” like the other succulent … Continue reading

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