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Good Ideas for Los Angeles: Vertical Gardens from a Chinatown Company
Improving a blighted neighborhood could be as simple as a covering up unsightly walls and rusted fences with a vertical garden. For nearly two months, the Nelson brothers have been selling a new concept in this burgeoning field . Their business, the Woolly Pocket Garden Company , began serendipitously when they were looking for a vertical garden solution to their eco-conscious Chinatown event space, Smog Shoppe . But no product existed to meet their needs cost effectively, so they did it themselves and figured it was a product others might want, too.
The modular based fabric pocket system--meaning you can basically design the garden for whatever sized space you have--is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Whether you're an apartment dweller with a balcony or sun exposed wall, a backyard gardener with a blank facing fence or a community organizer looking to improve the neighborhood's look, vertical gardens are becoming a more and more talked about solution.
Last year at Dwell on Design, panel speakers spoke about vertical gardens but the convention floor proved that the retail market had not fully embraced the idea. This year, two companies, including Woolly Pocket, were seen. As for seeing these more around town, owner Miguel Nelson says his company is working with a few charter schools where the students are growing their own edible vertical gardens. Yum.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.