Help Good Earth Plants Save Our San Diego Watershed

Posted on Apr 27, 2016

One of the reasons I’ve always been so enthusiastic about green roofs is their contribution to stormwater management. Green roofs can capture 60-80% of rooftop rainwater runoff so less water is directed into storm drains and ultimately the ocean. A green roof becomes a strainer for whatever water does end up flowing to the storm […]

Good Earth Plants Says ‘Be Nice To Your Mother (Earth)’!

Posted on Apr 14, 2016
Good Earth Plants Says ‘Be Nice To Your Mother (Earth)’!

It’s hard to believe Earth Day was a brand new idea well within my lifetime. The first Earth Day took place in 1970. It is now an annual event celebrated on or near April 22, coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. It reaches more than 192 countries each year including hundreds of communities in […]

Let’s Make San Diego A Biophilia Hub

Posted on Mar 2, 2016
Let’s Make San Diego A Biophilia Hub

Leaders from 40 of the best large gardens in North America came to San Diego last week for the Directors of Large Gardens Conference at the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas. When I opened my San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday, I was glad to see an article about the meeting by reporter Phil Diehl, […]

Explore What’s New at Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring Open House

Posted on Feb 29, 2016
Explore What’s New at Good Earth Plant Company’s Spring Open House

You’re invited to come see what Good Earth Plant Company and GreenScaped Buildings has to offer at our Spring Open House and Plant Sale on Friday, May 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. See the latest green roof and living wall technology, check out edible gardens, a small aquaponic systems and exciting new innovations at […]

Sharing My Super Power With You

Posted on Feb 25, 2016
Sharing My Super Power With You

Mary Golden of the Golden Group recently interviewed me for a Plantscaping industry blog, and the result was published earlier this week. It gave me an opportunity to talk about some of my favorite topics, the same ones I write about here: Biophilia, innovations in living walls like the spectacular wall in the Birmingham, Alabama […]

Cockroaches to the Rescue! Nature Has The Answers To Our Questions

Posted on Feb 11, 2016
Cockroaches to the Rescue! Nature Has The Answers To Our Questions

Nobody loves cockroaches, except another cockroach. But you have to admire how tough they are. We joke about roaches being able to survive a nuclear blast. Who wouldn’t consider this the ultimate survival skill? Scientists at the University of California Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory made news this week with reports about their work with the […]

Tell Your Stress to Take a Walk in the Woods

Posted on Jan 28, 2016
Tell Your Stress to Take a Walk in the Woods

We are nearly a month into 2016 already and the holidays seem like a distant memory. Many people are now dealing with the fallout from the holidays. We ate way too much We spent way too much. We overindulged in so many ways I won’t make you feel any worse by listing them all here. […]

Dig In and Support Urban Gardening in San Diego

Posted on Jan 20, 2016
Dig In and Support Urban Gardening in San Diego

While I’m on the road at the annual Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Florida, I learned about a proposal making its way through the approval process at the City of San Diego. Yes, stop the presses: a government idea I’m excited about! The San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee took an […]

Even San Diegans Get The Winter Blues – How to Cope

Posted on Jan 14, 2016
Even San Diegans Get The Winter Blues – How to Cope

After suffering through several years of drought, the arrival of rain thanks to El Nino storms was welcome. Even with some flooding problems, we will benefit in the long run from watering out trees without irrigation, replenishing our reservoirs and groundwater. But I didn’t realize just how much the gray gloomy weather had gotten to […]

Do Your Part to Stop Stormwater Pollution

Posted on Jan 7, 2016
Do Your Part to Stop Stormwater Pollution

Just a few months ago, the Good Earth Plant Company blog was full of advice about surviving our Southern California drought. Now here we are in 2016, and our first blog post of the year is about too much rain. The anticipated El Niño winter rainstorms have hit our area. While we are all grateful […]