Environmental News

A curated set of environmental news stories brought to you by the Gottlieb Native Garden team.


Diane Shader Smith

How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered off the California coast after 70 years

Just 10 miles off the coast of Los Angeles lurks an environmental disaster over 70 years in the making, which few have ever heard about. That is, until now, thanks to the research of a University of California marine scientist named David Valentine. 

Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden

By enhancing your backyard echo system, you can provide a refuge and a resting place for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Fill your yard and garden with the sights and sounds of nature.

How to Catch This Year’s California Blooms

Thursday: While drought conditions won’t allow a super bloom, you can still enjoy the state’s wildflowers this season.

Ocean Institute and Tree of Life Nursery Restore Native Plant Garden

Any time you make a garden, Tree of Life Nursery founder Mike Evans says it’s important to ask yourself what kind of story you are trying to tell.

National Audubon Society Celebrates Resolution Declaring April Native Plant Month

National resolution recognizes native plants that help birds, pollinators and other wildlife to thrive.

Monarch butterfly fans are clamoring for native milkweed. Here are 8 places to buy it

People became concerned about the monarch’s plight and nursery wholesalers began growing lots of tropical milkweed for Southern Californian gardeners decades ago. 

Wildflower season is here. Even if the colors are subtle this spring, there’s a lot to see.

Flowers are unpredictable – and finding what’s happening when is part of the thrill, although there is a predictable cycle to the order of blooms.

Backyard gardens can help save the monarch butterfly

Local gardeners set an example with their certified wildlife habitat.

Tony Tomeo: Cultivars of California native plants

Native plants are obviously happy with local climates and soils. Otherwise, they would not be native. They had been living here long before the first landscapes. They survived without irrigation, fertilizer or any maintenance. 

Are California oil companies complying with the law? Even regulators often don’t know

Hot crude and oily waste bubbled up from underground, filled an apartment building basement, oozed out of manhole covers and buckled sidewalks. More than 130 low-income tenants were evacuated.