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Plenty of Italian pavers, Terra Cotta and lush vegetation bring this once fire-ridden garden back to life as the new owner affectionately shares her 'Garden of Villa Giuseppe' in the hills of Oakland, California.
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After years of photographing beautiful landscapes, professional photographer Dona Kopol Bonick decided to put her camera down and create her own frame-worthy garden with her husband at their Napa, Calif. home. She shares with us the transformation from a horse pasture to now a blooming garden ready to have a Pinot Noir vineyard planted.
Hundreds of native wildflowers bloom with life as the meadows awaken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. A colorful show for any botanic enthusiast, we have 5 reasons to further persuade a trip this spring, just be careful not forget your heart in San Francisco when you leave.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in, the sweet smell of blooming magnolias intoxicate as you open your eyes to see a panoramic of pink and white flowers. With the romance of the atmosphere, you know can only be in one place, the San Francisco Botanical Garden in February.

Succulents and cacti rank as extremely popular topics on our Facebook page, which led us to this slideshow of the home and gardens of artists Roy Dowell and Lari Pittman. With their home in the foothills of Los Angeles, cacti and succulents flourish, which is why we’ve included tips on how to care for these favored botanicals. 

After an anonymous one million dollar donation, the gardens at Lotusland will continue to thrive the way Madame Ganna Walska dreamed when she created this topiary fantasyland, which includes a 25-foot floral clock, on her Santa Barbara, Calif. estate back in 1955.
Related Topics: Visit | California | estates | public garden | Topiary
To look at a history of botanic illustration is to look at the changing significance of a plant over time. A new exhibit at Lotusland, in Montecito, California, does just this. Historic prints document these transitional periods—of plant as medical specimen, to exotic beauty, to garden delight—in a show titled "The Plant Hunters: Botanical Illustrations from the 16th to 19th Centuries," which runs through November 2.
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When Gene Bauer was the native flora chairman of California Garden Clubs in the 1970s, she made small booklets of silk-screened botanic illustrations and sent them to members. Made in limited editions of 50, her booklets are rare and collectible, though the artwork has been collected in a book, Botanical Serigraphs: The Gene Bauer Collection.
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Stan Bitters is a pioneer of the organic modernist craft movement in the 1960s. A look at some of his birdhouses, planters, and fountains that have decorated California gardens over the years.
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Eminent California sculptor Stan Bitters finds a new audience for his timeless ceramics and sculptures, which have graced California's Nut Tree restaurant and the Palm Springs Ace Hotel.
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