Featured Books

Botany in a Day

by Thomas J. Elpel

Botany in a Day, The Patterns Method of Plant ID

An Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families of North America. Learn the pattern method of plant identification.

The Bold Dry Garden

Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. Packed with growing and maintenance tips, profiles of signature plants for a dry garden, and innovative design techniques, The Bold Dry Garden has everything you need to create a garden that is lush, waterwise, and welcoming.

Cold Canyon Fire Journals

by Robin Lee Carlson

Witness the story of fire—California’s great ecological disturbance—and its transformation of loss into flourishing life. Richly illustrated in pen, ink, and watercolor, this snapshot of wildlife emerging from the ashes revels in the cyclical wonder of our wild places. Carlson’s artistic and scientific journey ultimately leads her (and us) to a new understanding of how we must live in relationship to the land.

California Native Plants for the Garden

by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien

Recipient of the 2006 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society.

California Native Plants for the Garden is a comprehensive resource that will appeal to every gardener who has an interest in California’s unique flora. Featuring more than 500 plants and illustrated with 450 color photos, this beautiful reference book describes the best California species for gardens and provides detailed advice on their cultivation–from landscape design and installation to watering, pruning, and pest control. Regardless of where you live or your level of horticultural expertise, California Native Plants for the Garden will help you discover the joys of growing California’s remarkable plants.

280 pages; 7.5″ x 10.25″; 450 color photos; appendices; bibliography; glossary, indexes; ISBN: 0-9628505-8-6 ( Paperback )