The Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment (SHRE) gives sizable grants that foster the introduction of new and improved plant materials for California gardens and landscapes. The current funding cycle and request for proposals is open until April 16.  Spread the word. Every...
Matthew Stephens arrived in San Francisco from New York.  With a masters degree in Public Horticulture and years of planting literally a million trees in New York City, you would think he knows a lot about gardening. Now, as the...

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 not just a phrase, it is a way forward. (See below). Support it. When young activists...
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 haphazard but intricately composed.  It is a joyful place full of whimsy and surprise, yet...
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 light of autumn is a tonic for the noise that surrounds too much of life...

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 habitat and no plant can live without water. No matter where a garden is located, anywhere...

The Summer-Dry Garden Book

The new book is well underway.  A new book ?! The Summer-Dry Garden (Timber Press 2019) will update and replace Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Area, the award winning book published by East Bay Municipal...

Camassia Nature Preserve

God creates gardens. Whether you consider God to be a benign Overseer, or Nature, or Gaia, or things Unexplained, the beauty we gardeners see in the plant world is magical - and greater than ourselves - and we are privileged...

Seattle Workshop

I have always wanted to go to a destination workshop.  Now my friend and colleague David Perry has organized one in Seattle. I get to join him at Albers Vista Gardens on July 11 and we fully expect to have...

Iris Uncluttered

Quite often when we want to take a picture of a beautiful flower other blossoms in the background clutter up the view. Our eyes are so attuned to the one flower we don't realize the camera will not be able...