Environmental News


Diane Shader Smith

Reconciliation Ecology

What defines a native plant? This is a contentious subject. Some botanists and biologists believe that once a species has been in North America long enough it effectively becomes native.

A walk through the ultimate California native garden

Daniel Gottlieb chuckles thinking back to when he first showed his bride-to-be the house in the late 1980s. She looked at the back said, “It’s all covered with ivy. There’s nothing for the birds.”

What’s Changing California’s Landscape? Cash for Grass

The drought is changing California’s landscape in some unexpected ways. Not only is it drying up lakes, turning streams to a trickle and causing the land to sink, it’s weaning Californians off lush, water-guzzling lawns.

The Dry Garden: A visit with Susan Gottlieb and a landscape that sings with color, scent and birds

They say that beauty comes from within, but in the case of Susan Gottlieb, it seems to come from the world around her. She is, at 67, not pretty, not handsome, but storybook beautiful.

In Beverly Hills, a Haven for Wildlife

Susan Gottlieb has always considered herself a friend to animals, but her idea of friendship may go beyond the norm.

Cat run around owner’s house keeps felines safe, frees them to roam

Anyone handy with a saw and a staple gun can build a simple version of this outdoor fun park for felines, devised by Susan and Dan Gottlieb of Beverly Hills.

Native Plants Belong in Native Habitats

“Native plants don’t just save water, they save species,” says Lisa Novick, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator with the Theodore Payne Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging the planting and cultivation of California native plant gardens.