Artist and TV host Suzanne Barnett has produced 1,200 shows for KMVT over the years, but perhaps she should have a camera focused on the new home she created for herself at The Forum Retirement Community in Cupertino.
You don’t need to prune manzanitas, according to landscape designer Pete Veilleux, but if you do, you can reveal the spectacular mahogany bark and sculptural branch structure. If you plant a manzanita near a path or driveway, carefully prune each branch that grows toward the path. That way, you can create a clear view of the structure from the path while maintaining the leafy cover and hummingbird-attracting flowers on the other sides of the shrub.
Several years ago, a cousin who lives near Cannes surprised me by serving an al fresco breakfast on her patio. That became one of my favorite memories of France and inspired me to steal some space from my lawn to expand the dining area in my yard to give family and friends a similar treat. Many of my houseguests have since told me that our al fresco meal was one of the things they most remember from their stay.
Staring at a sea of grassy front-yard islands from a half-acre garden on the Santa Clara University campus, Kamila Lambert planted seeds for an unusual startup.
“I would look around and ask myself why people had lawns instead of using their yards to garden and give back,” said Lambert, who grew up in Los Altos and studied public health science and environmental studies at the university.