Carol Bornstein en Walnuts, anyone? <p><em>by Carol Bornstein</em><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/Juglans%201.JPG" /><em>Photo by Carol Bornstein</em></p> <p>Squirrels and humans have something in common &ndash; both love nuts. If you skip the added salt and oil, these tasty &ldquo;fruits&rdquo; are good for you, too. And if you are interested in foraging &ndash; with permission and proper identification, of course - several of California&rsquo;s native trees and shrubs offer up some mighty flavorful nuts. Just ask the squirrels!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Carol Bornstein foraging Nature Gardens nuts Trees walnuts Blog Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:06:45 +0000 Emily Hartop 878 at California Holly: How Hollywood Didn't Get its Name <p>In Nancy Dale&rsquo;s 1986 epic tome of Southern California native plants, <em>Flowering Plants</em>, she has this to say about Toyon &mdash; aka California Holly, Christmas Berry, or, if you&rsquo;re a botanist, Heteromeles arbutifolia:</p> <p>&ldquo;It is thought that masses of this native shrub growing on the hills above Hollywood gave the community its name.&rdquo;</p> <p>This idea of floral origins for Hollywood is romantic. It&rsquo;s also not true. Hollywood got its name for a much more mundane reason: someone wealthy liked the sound of it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> California Holly Carol Bornstein Christmas Berry Daeida Wilcox European Holly Harvey Wilcox Heteromeles arbutifolia Hollywood Hollywood sign Ilex aquifolium Toyon Toyonwood Blog Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:09:45 +0000 Lila Higgins 830 at Bird's Nest Fungi, Exploding Eggs, and Mushroom Soup <div>Yay! Today I documented the first bird's nest fungus, <em>Cyathus</em> sp., in the North Campus. For months, I have been looking forward to finding these fascinating, weird, and wonderful fungi. When North Campus Director Carol Bornstein told me she had found some, I immediately knew I had to blog about them.</div> <div> </div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bird's nest fungus campbell's mushroom soup Carol Bornstein earthstar mushroom fungi puffballs stinkhorns Blog Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:52:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 688 at First Baby Oaks Sprout Up in the North Campus <p>The North Campus is the proud parent of some baby oak trees! <div><a href="" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" gda="true" height="267" src="" width="400" /></a></div> <div>Baby coast live oak sheltered by wall</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Babies Brian Brown Carol Bornstein coast live oak engelmann oak Oak tree Trees Blog Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:51:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 671 at