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Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region Paperback – May 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0975323113 ISBN-10: 0975323113 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: East Bay Municipal Utility District; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975323113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975323113
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book to be very inspiring.
Sami Weiser
It is full of incredibly useful information and the photographs by Saxon Holt are beautiful.
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This book is THE source for native plants in the bay area.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jack Winston on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's about time somebody published an inspiring photo driven book about western gardens. The Sunset Western Garden Book may be the bible for western gardeners for its wealth of information but it does not serve to inspire the way a book full of real gardens can. With more than 500 photos of western gardens this book should be destined to be a classic.

The great thing is that it is not just a beautifully designed, coffee table type book. The text is authoritative with dozens of full page charts and it seems to have been reviewed by a who's who of garden experts. The author suggests plants from all over the world that are adapted to a summer-dry, Mediterranean climate and the photographer shows them in gardens not just close-up details.

Hooray for this book. We western gardeners are too often frustrated by books and gardening advice originating from other regions. This book is so beautiful it will frustrate gardeners in those other regions who will want what we now have.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Wolf on March 8, 2006
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A book especially for the SF Bay Area(and similar Mediterranean climates). How incredibly sensible to plan your landscaping to fit the climate and water availability. It works wonderfully. Loads of great information and ideas for smart, labor saving landscaping. A must for your gardening collection
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CA_QUERCUS on January 19, 2007
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as a nurseryman, this offering gets right to the point when trying to explain the idea of future growth, the maturation, of the landscape to potential clients better than other books. the book is laid out simply in a straight-forward manner that is easily understood by novice or esoteric. the plant catalog is serviceable, not all-encompassing, which is a positive so as not to get bogged down solely by materials. the first and fourth chapters are of particular importance---paying attention to the basics for a good, solid start and future AND to gardening where you are. too many of us wish to duplicate something that we've seen somewhere else--EXACTLY! so often, the results are disappointing due to inflexibility on all sides. even though this book deals with the Bay Area specifically, it is adaptable and should prod some enterprising individual to produce a similar release for the Central Coast and the various environs of Southern California inclusive! after a lengthy absence, it is nice to have East Bay MUD's classic available once again. now, if we could only get Bob and Peg Perry to update THE BIBLE, we'd really be in the chips!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Hughes on March 13, 2007
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This is a very informative, well written, well organized guide to many of the plants that thrive in the various micro-climates of the greater Bay Area. The wealth of information is thorough and well researched. Nicely photographed as well. For anyone about to landscape, this book provides all the necessary information.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By greengirl on March 2, 2008
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If I had the option I would be giving this book 4 1/2 stars instead of just 4- but there are a few minor problems that kept me from giving it a 5. The good points of the book other people have covered well- it has beautiful photographs and it has very good explanations of the bay area climate and why it presents unique gardening challenges and offers aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible ways of responding to those natural conditions and creating gardens that integrate well into the ecosystems around them.

Another interesting thing about the book is that incorporates ideas from many different places- it was put out not by one author but by a municipal district- a fascinating idea I hope is emulated elsewhere. However while there is a positive that it has so much input from many different sources and gardening philosophies, it suffers a little bit from the too many cooks syndrome. It doesn't feature native plants exclusively, but it does feature some of them, trying to kind of incorporate the native approach with more conventional gardening. The problem is that for anyone who is interested in knowing which plants are native to California the information is presented in a very confusing fashion. A little icon of the state appears next to the general group of plants (like carex) if ONE of them listed below is native. Or more. You have to read about each entry to try and figure out which belong to which. In some cases you will figure out which one is not native by a note saying 'Native to New Zealand' in one subentry, like C. buchananii. In others, like manzanita, no information on where each comes from is given, which may be confusing to someone who is not familiar with native plants, and will know that all are native.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul O. Williams on December 11, 2007
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One would not normally read a book like this but would use it for reference. I read it through and learned an immense amount about workable plants to be used locally, especially nice plantings that do not need any or much summer watering. It is sumptuously illustrated with color photographs of many plants and discusses a number of varieties of many species, giving the origin of each. The price for such a book was not at all high. It's a good buy if you are landscaping or thinking of changing or adding plants to your property.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By t in sf on May 26, 2009
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I have an older version 1990, but I've heard the new version is even better. This book is a no-nonsense reference book. It's clearly organized by plant type: trees, vines, shrubs, etc. Within the categories it is organized in tables with nice clear photos; it's great for plant that you don't know the name of and need to find by appearance. This is a great book for any Bay Area gardener who wants to plant responsibly and control their water requirements. And yes, every Landscape Architect I know owns this book.
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