Plants and Landscapes for Summer-dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region

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Nora Harlow
East Bay Municipal Utility District, 2004 - Gardening - 320 pages
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Gardening. Environmental Studies. Photographs by Saxon Holt. Illustrations by Richard Pembroke. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the challenges and opportunities of gardening in Mediterranean climates, with special reference to northern California's San Francisco Bay Region. The core of the book is a catalog of more than 650 plants suited to regions with mild, usually wet winters and dry, often hot summers. These plants thrive with moderate to no summer irrigation when established, require little or no maintenance, and are reasonably available from nurseries, botanic gardens, native plant sales, or specialty seed suppliers.

Many of the 542 color photographs show plants in garden settings to suggest attractive and compatible plant combinations. Summary charts provide information on each plant, such as bloom time, needs for water and sun, and preferences for coastal or inland microclimates. Lists suggest plants for special situations, such as hot sites, dryish shade, small gardens, and clay soils.

Chapters on landscape design and maintenance inspire readers to make gardens that use little water and no harmful chemicals, with a focus on building healthy soil. Practical steps to successful design are supplemented with ideas for designing with microclimate, attracting wildlife, and fire safety. Sidebars by local experts discuss weather, natural landscapes, design solutions, and gardening with recycled water.

"A valuable resource for climate-compatible gardening in the San Franciso Bay Area that will also be of interest to gardeners in other parts of the world with a similar seasonal pattern of winter rain and dry summers. This book will occupy a prominent place in my library for many years to come."—Katherine Greenberg, president Mediterranean Garden Society

"This book is beautifully designed with abundant photographs of plants, many in garden settings, and it is packed with the kind of information gardeners need for their own special situations. Simply stunning! Bravo!"—Phyllis M. Faber, editor University of California Press

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User Review  - nkmunn - LibraryThing

Niles District residents [author: Jill Singleton] and Kris Sandoe researched and authored many of the plant descriptions in this beautiful plant book produced to encourage water wise gardening by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

This is the best book I've seen for learning about plants that do well in the San Francisco Bay area. Beautiful pictures of the individual plants as well as in a landscaped setting. Read full review

Contents

ChapterOne GARDENING WHERE YOU ARE
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Chapter Two SOME NOTES ON DESIGN
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PLANT CATALOG
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About the author (2004)

Nora Harlow was for the past ten years Supervisor of Water Conservation for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She has been assistant editor of "Pacific Horticulture "magazine and is a practicing landscape architect. Kristin Jakob is an award-winning botanical illustrator whose drawings have been featured in books, journals, and exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She is also a nursery and garden consultant.

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