Category Archives: MB Maher

Ray Valentine’s neighborhood botanical garden

In early April, as I was leaving a garden on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden tour, I noted a hand-lettered “plant sale” sign in the neighborhood and swung around to have a look. I posted a photo of the … Continue reading

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recycling; it takes more than a bottle village

After a hard-scrabble life of over 60 years, and after the roughshod course of a couple marriages and the tragic loss of most of her children, Tressa Prisbrey decided when she settled in Simi Valley with her third husband, Mr. … Continue reading

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the giant fennel

Mitch has been sending photos from his wanderings in Greece this week while I watch his cat. I don’t mean to always be a supergeek botanical nuisance, but there’s been a tall umbellifer cropping up in the background in those … Continue reading

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Nigel Dunnett’s Low-Input, High-Impact Landscapes

A few days before he was scheduled to speak at the Huntington on March 19, Nigel Dunnett took a short side trip to experience Southern California’s superbloom. The APLD Greater Los Angeles and Pacific Horticulture Society had invited the Professor … Continue reading

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Digital Nature 2019

(More from MB Maher, far-flung AGO correspondent. Winter storms, family stuff, a host of things kept me from attending Natural Discourse‘s Digital Nature 2019 at the LA Arboretum this past February. So I’ve been pumping Mitch, who has worked with … Continue reading

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MB Maher revisits the High Line February 2019

Mitch sent me a short note and some photos documenting his recent wintry visit to the High Line, which I present here unedited, the better to showcase the antic epistolary style that always cracks me up. Some quick backstory: When … Continue reading

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holiday backyard boutique 12/1/18

You’re motivated and ready to tackle this holiday business head on and get an early jump on shopping, but you’re shying away from all that mousey click, click, clicking and maybe more interested in combining shopping with some fresh air, … Continue reading

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thursday clippings 11/8/18

Some pretty pictures for Thursday. The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, closed since 2014 to address leaks of up to 5,000 gallons of water a day, is open for business again. But if you want to … Continue reading

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WestEdge Design Fair 2018

What: WestEdge Design Fair October 19-21, 2018. (Sunday is the last day!) Where: The Barker Hangar 3021 Airport Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405 When: For general admission, October 19-21, 2018. (Sunday hours 10-5 p.m.) order tickets here In the spirit … Continue reading

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Natural Discourse 2019 Preview Conversation 10/19/18

Where: Wind Tunnel Gallery Art Center College of Design 950 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena When: Friday, October 19, 2018 5 to 7 p.m. free but reservations encouraged The winter aloe bloom season is coming, always a compelling reason to visit … Continue reading

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