Northern California Gardening - Native Plants, Low Water Gardening and Natural Landscaping

California's Wild Gardens
California's Wild Gardens A Guide to Favorite Botanical Sites Book - 2005 581 F Available in some locations

Annotation:My inspiration for gardening comes from wild places. Here is a fine book that shows open spaces as wild gardens that we can aspire to emulate.

California Native Plants for the Garden
California Native Plants for the Garden By Bornstein, Carol Book - 2005 GARDEN CA Available in some locations

Annotation:"Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien have combined their deep knowledge of and experience with California plants into a thorough and charismatic guide that speaks to both novice and expert gardeners throughout the state... This engaging and comprehensive guide will be a valuable addition to any gardener's library." - Bay Nature

Reimagining the California Lawn
Reimagining the California Lawn Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs By Bornstein, Carol Book - 2011 GARDEN CA Available in some locations

Annotation:Want a smaller lawn? No lawn at all? Here's how.

Growing California Native Plants
Growing California Native Plants By Schmidt, Marjorie G. Book - 2012 635.9517 SCH 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The updated (posthumous) edition of Schmidt's definitive guide with pictures.

Growing California Native Plants
Growing California Native Plants By Schmidt, Marjorie G. Book - 1980 635.951 Sch55g Available in some locations

Annotation:This older edition is still a keeper, which is why you find it in libraries.

Golden Gate Gardening
Golden Gate Gardening The Complete Guide to Year-round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California By Peirce, Pam Book - 2010 GARDEN CA Available in some locations

Annotation:If you're going to grow food in the SF Bay Area, the answers are here.

Native Treasures
Native Treasures Gardening With the Plants of California By Smith, M. Nevin Book - 2006 GARDEN CA Available in some locations

Annotation:"...Includes chapters on basic gardening and design and plant propagation. Descriptions of hundreds of native plants...each presented with the author’s knowledge, humor, and sometimes maverick opinions formed through a lifetime of communing with native plants both in the wild and in the garden." - Sue Rosenthal, Bay Nature

The American Meadow Garden
The American Meadow Garden Creating A Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn By Greenlee, John Book - 2009 GARDEN LANDSCPE Available in some locations

Annotation:A beautiful book by a grass expert on alternatives the lawn. Not all grasses included are appropriate for Northern California, do your research with Native Plant Societies or reputable nurseries.

The Complete Guide to Northern California Gardening
The Complete Guide to Northern California Gardening By Gilmer, Maureen Book - 1994 Q635.09794 GIL Available in some locations

Annotation:This book was an enormous help to me as a beginning gardener, in making the paradigm shift from East to West.

The New Sunset Western Garden Book
The New Sunset Western Garden Book The Ultimate Gardening Guide Book - 2012 GARDEN CA Available in some locations

Annotation:One of the better editions of this California gardening classic reference. It's great to have an old edition you can keep at hand in the garden too.

Succulent Container Gardens
Succulent Container Gardens Design Eye-catching Displays With 350 Easy-care Plants By Baldwin, Debra Lee Book - 2010 GARDEN CONTAINR Available in some locations

Annotation:Care and design of potted succulents. Great photos.

Designing California Native Gardens
Designing California Native Gardens The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecologial Gardens By Keator, Glenn Book - 2007 635.951 KEA Available in some locations
California Native Gardening
California Native Gardening A Month-by-month Guide By Popper, Helen Ann Book - 2012 635.9097 POP Available in some locations

Annotation:I love month-by-month guides, and Popper's is excellent. She emphasizes the rhythm of the native garden's seasons.

Northern California Gardening
Northern California Gardening A Month by Month Guide By Endicott, Katherine Grace Book - 2006 635 E 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the San Francisco Chronicle and on sfgate.com, Endicott does a monthly gardening task column, which forms the basis for this book.

The California Wildlife Habitat Garden
The California Wildlife Habitat Garden How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals By Bauer, Nancy Book - 2012 639.92 BAU Available in some locations

Annotation:How to make your garden more environmentally friendly.

The California Landscape Garden
The California Landscape Garden Ecology, Culture, and Design By Francis, Mark Book - 1999 712 F Available in some locations

Annotation:Sustainable practices for landscaping your California garden.

Heat-zone Gardening
Heat-zone Gardening How to Choose Plants That Thrive in your Region's Warmest Weather By Cathey, Henry M. Book - 1998 635.952 CATHEY

Annotation:Very useful for people who live in warmer areas...and that's getting to be more of us all the time.

Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers
Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers By Munz, Philip A. Book - 2004 582.13 MUN 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is not a gardening book. It's a reminder to get out there and see the Spring Wildflowers if you possibly can. It will make your garden that much more beautiful.

Flowering Plants of Edgewood Natural Preserve
Flowering Plants of Edgewood Natural Preserve By Corelli, Toni Book - 2004 582.13 C 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:An excellent guide to the Flora of the San Mateo County region. If you happen to hike Edgewood Park, lucky you.

Taylor's Guide to Natural Gardening
Taylor's Guide to Natural Gardening eBook - 1993 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Includes information on natural landscape gardening, woodland and meadow gardening and habitat gardening. I love the Tayor Guides; not California specific.

California Master Gardener Handbook
California Master Gardener Handbook Book - 2002 635 CALIFORNIA Available in some locations

Annotation:Not a slim volume, but fun if you need a reference book. From UC Davis Agricultural Agricultural Extension, so great for questions with an agricultural slant.

Pacific Horticulture
Pacific Horticulture Magazine or Journal Available in some locations

Annotation:Pacific Horticulture is the quarterly publication of the following Societies: *Pacfic Horticulture Society *Western Horticultural Society *Southern California Horticultural Society *San Francisco Botanical Garden Society *Northwest Horticultural Society *California Horticultural Society.

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