Janet and I have the fascination with Indonesia, as some of you may know. This is a county extending the same width and almost the same distance from north to south as the USA, and the population is very close to ours (261 million in 2016). More impressive, the country consists of somewhere between 17,000 and 18,500 islands, many with their own culture, language and traditions. We hadn’t been to Borneo before, but learned that it is home to three countries …Read More
Okay, how many times have you met with a potential (or existing client) and they say they want a “Japanese garden”? I don’t know about you but we get this request all the time. And of course, why not? The aesthetic, when these types of gardens are properly maintained, is amazing. Of course, that’s the rub: “Japanese gardens” are traditionally very labor intensive …Read More
One of the aspects of climate change AND increased energy efficiency is how these two elements affect the landscape. There is quite a bit of information about how new high efficiency windows collect and redirect heat …Read More
Early in February 2017, we went to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, of course to look at animals. But we were also fascinated by the incredible display of plants and trees. During the course of our travels, we saw trees that took literally hundreds of years to die, and during that time the provide homes for a variety of animals and birds (and make for an incredible landscape). We saw hundreds of these trees, which take many years to fall because …Read More
At the end of 2016, we had the chance to join friends and their family on a trip to Taiwan. Honestly, before we went there we knew little about it (except that it’s been a geopolitical hot potato with mainland China for years). We were thinking it might be like other islands we had visited in Asia …Read More
This past summer we had the opportunity to visit friends in Switzerland and southern France. What was most remarkable to us was the amount of green, open spaces. When we spend most of our time in a city, going to a location where there was so much open space was a surprise. What’s interesting about Switzerland is …Read More
This short documentary tries to answer the question: What does it mean to be generous and giving? Do humans have a natural proclivity for community-minded activity? The story of Michael Hofman and Janet Moyer -- two San Franciscans who live near Twin Peaks and make regular rounds to pick up stolen items -- may provide an answer.Read More
San Francisco couple searches for smash-and-grab victims, reunites them with their belongings.Read More
Some of you may know that we have been travelling to Southern Asia for a number of years. In particular, we’ve spent many layovers in Singapore, more recently visiting with our friends Cat and Terence. We’ve always considered the area to be heavily populated and industrial in nature. Most of what visitors see when they go to Singapore are the manicured freeways, highrises, construction everywhere and developed city spaces. Singapore is also known for its beautiful urban parks …Read More
It's great to see the effects of all the rain we've been receiving. Plants are thriving, boarders and skiers are shredding and the lakes are filling up! Here are some interesting sites ...Read More
C.W. Nevius is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist.
It seems pretty obvious that the smash-and-grab burglaries in San Francisco aren’t going away. For example, between Dec. 24 and 30, the Central Police Station newsletter lists 33 car break-ins.
Which is why Janet Moyer and Mike Hofman have been so busy. They hike up Twin Peaks three times a week, ....
San Francisco, CA – December 30, 2015 – Janet Moyer Landscaping (JML), a full service landscaping company in San Francisco devoted to addressing the unique challenges of urban gardens, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Established in San Francisco in 1990, JML is proud to have served the San Francisco Bay Area for a quarter of a century.Read More
Some of you may know the Janet and I often travel near the end of the year. This past year, however, we were in town for November and December and for the second year in a row went camping for Thanksgiving! Bullfrog Campground in Guerneville.Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4, 2015 -- Janet Moyer Landscaping (JML), a full-service landscaping company based in San Francisco, has made public its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). "We decided to design and implement our stock gift program to recognize the excellence of our employees and to develop the next generation of managers for our company," says Vice President Michael Hofman regarding JML's recent restructuring.Read More
California's Governor Jerry Brown made history this week by issuing an executive order mandating a 25% reduction in water usage by residents, businesses and institutional properties (such as campuses, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.). California is now into its fourth year of severe drought.Read More
California Department of Water Resources - Drought information site providing current water conditions such as reservoir levels, snow pack, ground water levels, as well as valuable resources and FAQs.
US Drought Portal - National website by the National Integrated Drought Information System providing regional information ...Read More
More and more homeowners are rethinking the traditional lawn. Grass has long been the least sustainable aspect of the garden, requiring up to 90% of resources associated with the care and maintenance of the property. While many schools, municipalities and sports facilities have made the switch to synthetic turf, the average homeowner has been reluctant to give up the lawn. Maybe it's the smell of fresh cut grass, or the challenge of showing up the neighbors ...Read More
We generally prune in the winter when plants are dormant, or before they begin to leaf out (sometimes in early February). Pruning fast-growing plants (e.g. roses, tibouchinas and fuchsias) helps revive the plant, retain its size in the garden, repair form deficiencies and/or structure the plant for its space.Read More
San Francisco – Michael Hofman, executive vice president of Janet Moyer Landscaping in San Francisco, recently earned certification as a Certified Irrigation Designer (CID).
Awarded by the Irrigation Association (IA), the CID certification signifies that Hofman has the credentials to establish specifications and design drawings for irrigation projects. This includes ...Read More