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Another Iconic Nursery Closing

Burkard Nurseries in Pasadena is closing its doors. I have only been to this wonderful nursery once or twice but I found the quality of their products and the presentation of plants inspiring. They had mature and well-cared-for specimens, and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate and totally respect the owner’s desire to […]

10 Tips for Picking the Best Tomato Plant this Weekend

  Holy Lycopene, you guys. There are over 700 tomato cultivars available today. Overwhelming! Picking the healthiest plant is the most important choice of all. Here’s some tips while at the nursery or this weekend’s Tomatomania! Buy a plant with a strong center stalk. Avoid the Charlie Brown plant. Avoid plants that are broken or […]

2016 Hope Gardens Guide to Heirloom Tomato (and Chili Peppers!)

Hope Gardens Guide to Non-GMO, Non-Monsanto mostly Heirloom Tomatoes 2016 Presently available heirloom tomatoes: Aunt Ruby’s German Green 80 days. Indeterminate. One of the largest green beefsteaks. They have brilliant, neon-green flesh with a strong, sweet, and fruity flavor. This family heirloom from Germany was the winner of the 2003 Heirloom Garden Show’s taste test. […]

What to know about the challenges of installing drought-tolerant landscapes (and the effects of the DWP rebate program)

  Greetings! At Hope Gardens, the past six months have been an exciting time of growth. The DWP rebate has opened up the possibility of full-scale landscaping to hundreds of people who otherwise would not have considered swapping out their soul-sucking sod for a drought-tolerant, wildlife-attracting paradise. We have had the opportunity to work with […]