Garden Gloves

Not only do I love gardening, I love garden tools and accessories. Nonetheless, for quite a while I have been using inexpensive latex-coated polyester gloves that I buy at Costco for about $1.25 per pair (packet of 8, I think). I buy these because I always provide gloves for nature park volunteers who don’t bring […]

Garden Talk & Sale – Wild Suburbia

Learn how to transition from a resource-intensive yard to a more natural, low-water-use landscape in this lecture by horticulturist Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants. A book signing and plant sale will follow the talk. Free; no reservations required. Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center

Wild Suburbia – native plant gardening

After many years, lots of writing and rewriting, and tons of rejections, it is finally out! In August, Heyday Books released my book, Wild Suburbia – Learning to Garden with Native Plants. And now a new chapter begins – promotion. Not my favorite thing to do, although the first book talk and signing, held on […]

Warning: For plant geeks only

Way back in 1993 a large, imposing and impressive book was published by UC Press. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, edited by James Hickman, was a revision of Jepson’s 1925 Manual of the Flowering Plants of California. It became the go-to reference for all serious California native plant geeks. When there were disputes about the […]

Selection and Care of California Native Plants Slide Presentation

I totally cannot believe I didn’t see this before, but here is the slide show in full, without me having to upload each and every slide. Phew! As a reminder from an earlier post, most of the information for this slide show comes from my experience growing native plants, my work at Rancho Santa Ana […]

Native Grasses, Sedges and Rush for the Garden

From Grass_090618 While working at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden I wanted to order lots of native grasses for our native plant nursery and annual sales. I love their texture and motion, but as my boss reminded me, they are not big sellers. Non-native bunch grasses, in contrast, have achieved some level of popularity. Unfortunately […]