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

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 […]

In the beginning

In the heat of the summer of 1999 I take pieces of scrap paper and sketch the long, narrow parkway bed on the east side of our corner lot. It is about 170 feet long and six feet wide, and covered with weedy grass. Two books, Bob Perry’s Trees and Shrubs for Dry California Landscapes, […]

And the good news is….

…my son is getting married. He and his fiancee would like to have a simple backyard wedding… in our backyard. And the deck that I have mentioned in previous posts has not improved over time. Now when I walk out on it I wonder which plank will be the next one to go. If the […]

12 Favorite Native Plant & Gardening Books

From FavoriteBooks Back in February I posted a piece on my favorite gardening tools. Today I am going to list my favorite of favorite garden and plant books (alphabetically by title). I still refer to these books often, but more importantly each has helped me determine what kind of gardener I am. Let me know […]