"Nothing stops a bullet like a job," is the motto of Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles–based gang-intervention organization. Homegirl Cafe, started in 2005 and an off-shoot of Homeboy Industries, has a farm-to-kitchen training program, helping former gang members and other at-risk youth by providing gardening and cooking jobs.
When Marg Helgenberger, the longtime star of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, was shopping for a new home five ears ago, she found the perfect place in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood—but the gardens were overgrown and needed to be rethought. Architect Barbara Schnitzler, interior decorator Maggie Marra, and plant consultant Judi Bloom helped Helgenberger transformed the property into a stunning Mediterranean-style house and garden.
"I want the landscape to have as much importance and value as the house," said Jordan Kaplan, the owner of this house and garden in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades. Check out the photographs of the house's landscape, designed by KAA Design.
No one knows exactly how many albino redwoods there are in the world, but their snow-white needles are unmistakable. These "ghosts of the forest" lack chlorophyll, and receive nutrients from a parent redwood tree.
Monterey's famous Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the United States, and has become emblematic of the California Coast. Its image is also copyrighted, which brings up interesting questions about the legal images of nature.