What We Dug the Most in 2010

On Christmas Day, The Los Angeles Times posted their 10 most popular home and garden articles of 2010, based on the number of Web hits on their blog. Number 8, this plant-covered home in Venice, California, was my favorite. I’ve copied the others below (I took out those that were not garden-related).
The other popular profiles:
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No. 1 “The Realist Idealist” column wrap-up: “It started with gray water, then escalated to chickens, composting toilets and rain barrels. I’m talking about the two years I’ve spent transforming my humble California bungalow into a test case for sustainable living.” Photo credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times


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No. 2 The marijuana gardeners: “Some gardeners … say they get the same soothing pleasure from tinkering with grow lights, temperature controls, fertilizers and additives as others get from nurturing prized rose bushes or carefully pruning bonsai trees.” Illustration credit: Ellen Weinstein / For The Times

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No. 3 “Lost L.A.” — Utopia in Hollywood: “Proving that faith can move mountains, or at least truck loads of dirt, the Krotona colony was up by 1919. It was a veritable Vegas CityCenter-style oasis for the faithful.” Photo: From the collection of Sam Watters

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No. 6 Updating Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House: “When [Jon] Platt, Tony Award-winning producer of ‘Angels in America’ and ‘God of Carnage’ and a current producer of ‘Wicked’ on Broadway, moved into the 5,700-square-foot residence in 2006, it became something else: passion project.” Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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No. 8 Venice’s green cube, the house with exterior walls covered in plants: “Paul Bricault likes the way the horticultural house gets people talking. ‘Everyone who comes here looks at it with this quixotic expression. We get all sorts of questions, including, “Do we have roots coming through the inside walls?” ‘ ” Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

NOW do you want to tour it?? http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-0424-bricault-photos,0,124474.photogallery

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No. 9 The war on weeds: “Mow them down. Rake them out. Yank. Dig up each one with a fork. Poison them. Which to use? The answer lies in situation, size and ethics.” Illustration source: Victoria & Albert Museum

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No.10 Caverhill house, whimsy set on a hillside: “At a time when so many people are looking for an escape from reality, the home of Don and Debbie Caverhill certainly provides one.” Photo credit: Christina House / For The Times

— Compiled by Michael Robinson


*For those of you who love home profiles almost as much as outdoor spaces, here’s the link to the LA Times most viewed home photo galleries online in 2010: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/12/top-home-photo-tours.html

10 thoughts on “What We Dug the Most in 2010

  1. That Venice plant house is nice…I wonder what all that cost to install, and the time and $ to maintain. Pretty amazing to have ornamentals and edibles all over it, and you have to love the mild climate.

  2. That Venice plant house is nice…I wonder what all that cost to install, and the time and $ to maintain. Pretty amazing to have ornamentals and edibles all over it, and you have to love the mild climate.

  3. About #2, just imagine what California garden bloggers would be posting about if Proposition 19 passed! I enjoyed the LA Times pieces when they came out, and I look forward to reading some of your other links!

  4. About #2, just imagine what California garden bloggers would be posting about if Proposition 19 passed! I enjoyed the LA Times pieces when they came out, and I look forward to reading some of your other links!

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