Author Archives: Maggie

Super Bloom, the Prequel, 2016 (Death Valley Edition)

Two years in a row, two different deserts in California, two “super blooms.” This year (2017) we visited Anza Borrego State Park, located in the Colorado Desert of California (is that like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?). We were … Continue reading

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Super Bloom, the Sequel, 2017 (Anza Borrego Edition)

Ok, I might have missed the peak of the bloom by a week or two. We spent the first weekend of April in Anza Borrego, a state park in eastern San Diego County. It’s hard to time these things just … Continue reading

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Cornerstone Sonoma

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Gardens are funny things. They are of nature, but not natural. They are the results of unseen human hands and, mostly, scaled to a human-sized experience. Sometimes the gardener’s hand is more hidden; other times, it is much more apparent. Along the … Continue reading

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Petal Drop LA (02) – The Jacaranda Edition

Something magical happened the last weekend in May. A Cemex concrete plant was converted into a jacaranda blossom processing factory and a mysterious message appeared along the LA River. A few smaller scale vignettes were sprinkled between the two main sites. As this … Continue reading

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Sierra Madre *Wistaria Festival

I’ve lived here most of my life and have never had a chance to get to the Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre – until today! It only happens one day each year. The single plant, which is more than 100 … Continue reading

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Petal Drop LA (01)

From the anonymous, rogue artists that brought the Griffith Park Tea House to L.A. last summer, Petal Drop happened today in a tiny alley off of Broadway. When we arrived close to dawn, the city was still quiet. Aside from sleeping … Continue reading

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L.A.’s Urban Forest is in Trouble

A client of Echo Landscape Design was interviewed recently on NPR about the effects of the drought and lawn removal programs on our city’s trees. She’s in good company! Don Hodel (a tree expert in L.A.) and Aaron Thomas (with … Continue reading

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