I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles California. The climate is hot and dry in the summer, mild in the winter. Average rainfall is about 14 inches per year, if we are lucky. I’ve been an organic gardener since the age of 10. Currently I reside at the beach in Venice California and enjoy the mild, temperate climate that the ocean provides. Not too many places in the states where one can grow tomatoes, basil and gardenias through the month of December.
I’m pretty much a self-taught gardener. Got my first subscription to Organic Gardening when I was 11, and was unrelenting in my pursuit to grow new things. It wasn’t until 1995 that I got serious and graduated from the Los Angeles County/UCLA Master Gardner program, where I received extensive training while volunteering in local community gardens.
My name is Robert by the way, and I’ve taken several years off from gardening to pursue other interests. For a quick romp through the last two years of gardening, I’ve posted a photo gallery at Venice garden.
What is the most lavish gift you can give someone? Jewelry? A car maybe? Yes, those things are nice, but a living, breathing beautiful garden is even better. So if you’re a swell person, and I have the honor of your friendship, I just might surprise you when you get back from that long vacation.
Check out the frontyard garden I planted in May 2006 for my friend Sandra when she had her baby.
Last year, the kind folks at Folia inspired me to start a Flickr photo group dedicated to my growing region. You can catch a glimpse of it here, at Southern California Gardens.
Favorite gardening song this week (08/17) : “Taste the Summer” from the 2004 album Astronaut, by Duran Duran.
Zone 10 My summer backyard in 2007 on a 40′ × 120′ beach lot in Venice, California. Updating the garden now with some new plantings; can...
Zone 10 Currently redefining this funky space in front of a 100 year old beach cottage. All the glory is in the backyard. This garden is simply a pathway t...
Zone 10 This is the commemorative garden I planted for my dear friend Sandra upon the birth of her baby, Darbee Violet. Within a few days, a neglected piec...
Zone 10 An herb garden? Well, sort of. What started out as a dedicated herb garden 16 years ago has evolved into more of a flower bed. This garden, with i...
Zone 10 Patio view towards deck and side fence. This area is an expanse of concrete between the deck and rear lawn. Probably the most used portion of the b...
Zone 10 This little swath of land exists on a property I share with a 1910 cottage in front and my studio office located in the rear. Most of my other gard...
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I love to grow
Perennials, herbs, succulents, tomatoes, hot peppers, palms, citrus, hibiscus, gardenia, various jasmines & bamboo.
Photography, skateboarding, hiking, video/audio editing, cooking, yoga, entertaining, music, art history, environmental studies, sustainability & eco architecture.