Grow your own!
"There are only two things that money can't buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes!"-John Denver
Is there anything more satisfying than plucking a sun-ripened juicy tomato directly from ...By Cynthia Brian
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children will burn." - Nursery Rhyme
If you were like me, when you were a child, this ladybug nursery rhyme was one of ...By Cynthia Brian
New designs for spring
The spring season can bring lots of surprises. Sometimes the weather can change wildly from day to day. Just down the hill from me, cherry blossoms bloomed on one side of the street - and not until weeks later on the other. My favorite spring surprises, however, are ...By Amanda Eck
Locals take part in world's largest citizen scientist project
Sudden Oak Death is an emerging infectious disease, and citizen scientists can help predict its spread. On April 28 in the Orinda Library, Matteo Garbelotto, professor of environmental policy at UC Berkeley, brought his Sudden Oak Death Blitz to town, lecturing on the ...By Sora O'Doherty
Cynthia Brian's Gardening guide for May
My mother said to me,
"If you become a soldier, you'll be a general;
if you become a monk, you'll end up ...By Cynthia Brian
Soon we will be honoring the legacy of our mothers, if they are (or were) an important part of our lives, and we should also honor the feminine in ourselves too. So thinking about the role all of our mothers in our lives makes it an opportune time to align with the ...By Michele Duffy
Six stunning kitchens on display at Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour
The Lafayette Juniors' 19th Annual Kitchen Tour takes place on Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature six beautiful and uniquely styled kitchens located in different neighborhoods of Lafayette.
By Catherine Kauder
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"The ax forgets, the tree remembers." African Proverb
Do trees have feelings? Do they communicate with one another? As I watch the leaves unfurl and the blossoms bursting on the trees in ...By Cynthia Brian
The real estate quarter in review
The first quarter of 2018 showed a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply remains low, so the resulting sales quantities remain low. The average sales price continues to increase in Orinda and Moraga but not in ...By Conrad Bassett
Bringing back the natives - plants and art in Lamorinda gardens and beyond
Each year, the Bringing Back the Natives organization opens amazing gardens planted mostly with native plants to inspire and delight. This year music and visual art is included in the presentations on Sunday, May 6. As usual the self-guided tour is free, though a ...By Sophie Braccini
Young Moraga artist launches home furnishings line with Anthropologie
A career as an artist is a dream that many people may wish for, but not see it as a realistic way to make a living. Not so for 26-year-old Bridgette Thornton of Moraga.
After years of ...By Kara Navolio
Digging Deep with Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian
"All through the long winter I dream of my garden. On the first warm day of Spring I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar." - Helen Hayes
My ...By Cynthia Brian
Now that spring is truly here, are you feeling inspired by all the local color?
Nature-inspired color is the real purpose of balanced feng shui in your home - color that mirrors the ...By Michele Duffy
Papa John talks chickens
Papa John is once again helping Lafayette residents with their chickens. As he has done many times before, this spring John Kiefer - better known to most as Papa John - is running workshops from his Lafayette home, sharing his extensive knowledge of chickens.
By Pippa Fisher
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for March
"Truth is rarely written in ink. It lives in nature." - Martin H. Fischer
It all started with a box of toothpicks.
By Cynthia Brian