Designing California Native Gardens: The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecologial Gardens

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University of California Press, 2007 - Gardening - 342 pages
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Inspirational, practical, and easy to use, this book was created with the aim of conveying the awesome diversity and beauty of California's native plants and demonstrating how they can be brought into ecologically sound, attractive, workable, and artful gardens. Structured around major California plant communities—bluffs, redwoods, the Channel Islands, coastal scrub, grasslands, deserts, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen woodlands, riparian, chaparral, mountain meadows, and wetlands—the book's twelve chapters each include sample plans for a native garden design accompanied by original drawings, color photographs, a plant list, tips on successful gardening with individual species, and more. Both residential and professional gardeners will learn the benefits of going native with gardens that require less water and fewer fertilizers, attract wildlife, engage the senses, create a sense of place, and, at the same time, preserve our rich natural heritage.

Designing Native California Gardens includes:

* More than 600 selected native species recommended for the garden

* More than 300 photographs of native plants, natural plant communities, and residential native gardens

* Recommended places to visit for viewing each plant community
  

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User Review  - jayray1 - Overstock.com

I am interested in conserving as much water as possible due to the conditions in So. Cal. so as a tool to help plan and design an attractive and yet drought tolerant landscape this book is an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

This was not as helpful because each chapter focused on a particular community, such as "Desert Gardens," "Montane Meadows," etc. And there was no chapter for where we are! So no dice. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1
41
CHAPTER 2
61
CHAPTER 3
83
CHAPTER 4
103
CHAPTER 5
121
CHAPTER 6
149
APPENDICES
323
INDEX
334
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Glenn Keator, a California plant specialist, is author of Introduction to Trees of the San Francisco Bay Area (UC Press), The Life of an Oak, Plants of the East Bay Parks, and Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California. Alrie Middlebrook is the founder and president of Middlebrook Gardens in San Jose, California, a design company that specializes in California native gardens. She is author of Eating California. They have been hiking California and teaching classes on California native plants for thirteen years.

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