The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers always has something in bloom.  There is one entire exhibit room full of delights, the Potted Plants Gallery, that always requires a careful look. In the Gallery at the moment are dozens of orchids...

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A Green New Deal

Finally.  An actual plan to do something about climate change.  No, not the frightening, just released National Climate Assessment report. A Green New Deal is...

The O’Byrne Tapestry Garden

No garden has ever thrilled me more than the O'Byrne garden. The careful plant selection of textures and foliage combinations become tapestries, at first glance...

A California Forest in Autumn

This is magical: A log to sit on and contemplate the changing season, a place to breathe deep and exhale exultant. The clean air and sweet...

Beyond Drought Tolerance

Do we really want drought tolerant plants for our gardens ?  Let's look for climate tolerant plants. All plants are drought tolerant in their native...

In The Garden

Sketches in John’s Garden

John Greenlee is known as the Grass Man.  His extensive knowledge of ornamental grasses and garden meadow making have led him to corporate commissions...

Better than Lawn

A gardener visiting Minnesota in the summer discovers a climate that revels in big beautiful native perennials.  The influences of the northern prairie can be seen in...

Tough Plants – Tough Climates

I try to treat every garden I visit with a sense of wonder, open to what it reveals, always looking for photographs to present...

Leading into Natives

Native plant gardens are often hard to photograph.  Many native gardeners care more about the plants and habitat than the aesthetics.  This is perfectly...

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