Local Roots

Prehistoric plant looks great all year-round

Prehistoric plant looks great all year-round

Designing landscaping and working with plants for many years has given me many insights into their special individual requirements and microclimate needs. 

Storied history of ‘dragon tree’ rooted in mythology

I don’t know what it is, but almost every time I get excited about a certain tree, palm or plant, I usually find out that it comes from the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores or South Africa.

Learning about ground covers

If you are a gardener, enjoy landscaping or just like to visit the beautiful gardens, we have here in Encinitas at Swami’s or the San Diego Botanic Garden off Encinitas Boulevard, then you are probably quite familiar with the term “ground cover.”

Learning on the job can yield painful lessons

When I was first starting out as a young tree guy and landscape contractor putting myself through school, I didn’t have much experience, but I certainly had enough drive and energy to tackle almost any job using just plain common sense. But sometimes, a little knowledge can save you time, money and headaches.

Agave species of cacti dot desert with their prickly beauty

Christmas usually finds me heading out of town to some warm water destination where the waves are good, the water is clear and wetsuits are optional. Fortunately for us, Encinitas is only a two-hour flight away from Cabo San Lucas and an hour and a half drive to Cerritos Beach. One of the prettiest point […]

It’s a wonderful time to learn of plant’s colorful past

November and December always bring with them the joyous holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but who can remember either of these joyous days without the splash of color and statement that the Yuletide poinsettia makes? Commonly known as Zack Wood or the Noche Buena, the poinsettia was first discovered by an American, Joel Roberts Poinsett, […]

Local tree has prehistoric roots

Take a good look around Encinitas, Leucadia or Solana Beach. Standing tall on the coastal slopes leading up from the sea to where the hillside meets the sky, you will see a particularly interesting giant of a tree towering above the Torrey pines and the occasional Canary Island palm. Ancient and endemic to Norfolk Island, […]

Tips for helping your fall garden grow

We are fast approaching old man Winter and leaving behind the beauty of the fall. With the onset of heavy rains, it is not too late if you are a garden enthusiast in North County to get your autumn vegetables planted and planned for the season. San Diego is blessed with a temperate weather that […]

Water features slowly going the way of the dinosaurs

Don’t get me wrong though, I love water features and especially enjoy the interplay between light and water. The mystery you can create, using disappearing falls or negative edge watercourses is always a sight to behold, just like the fountain monuments to the twin towers at ground zero in New York City. Still, when faced […]

With our climate, bromeliads make a great garden addition

Working in the garden and designing in different climates often requires an extensive plant pallet to keep things fresh to the eye. One of my favorite plants to use in dark, light and wet areas comes from the Bromeliaceae family. These plants are commonly known as bromeliads. Rich in history and just as colorful, you […]