The Covid-19 pandemic began as spring started, but spring was not cancelled – only humans needed to stop and think about our every move. Public gardens needed to close as the virus peaked and needed to assess risks to staff and visitors, but the plants kept up their show.
Even if lawns went unmowed:
Wildflower ‘weeds’ (Buttercups and English daisy Bellis perennis) overtaking unmown lawn grass; San Francisco Botanical Garden
I have received special permission from a number of gardens to work on the Summer-Dry Project as a photojournalist doing time sensitive grant-funded work. I am taking full advantage of the media as an essential service.
The Summer-Dry Project goes on. The Timber Press book that was due to be released in June has been postponed to January 5th when we all hope bookstores will be recovering and authors can be making presentations if only by Zoom.
Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates – by Nora Harlow and Saxon Holt; Timber Press book cover
But I continue work on the upgrade to the California WUCOLS* plant database which is why I need to use my media credentials. There are lots of plants I don’t know:
This Quercus cerris, Turkey Oak, photo taken Many 11 in SF Botanical Garden will be part of the WUCOLS update:
Quercus cerris Turkey Oak or Austrian oak tree in mediterranen basin section of San Francisco Botanical Garden
Some the gardens are open to restricted access, others are opening soon. Check their websites in the links above. Go visit, pay for an admission, buy a plant. All public gardens have suffered due to the pandemic. Lost revenues in admissions, events, and rentals has been nearly catastrophic in this normally busy season.
Do get out and enjoy our public gardens. With a minimum of precautions, the out of doors is really safe.
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