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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but a little water hungry IMHO, February 27, 2010
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This review is from: California Gardener's Guide Volume II (Gardener's Guides) (Paperback)
When I purchased this book I did so too quickly and didn't realize the word NATIVES was missing.

All the same, I kept the book and like it immensely.

This is a good book, and shows many plants that can be used in a California garden...

HOWEVER:

As the 3rd year of Drought in California goes on (They say it may be ending (2/27/10) I just read in the news) I think that this book and others like it is in part to blame for the water crisis.

Furthermore, due to recent environmental rulings even if we come out of drought, some places will receive %40 less water in coming years.

While many of the plants are excellent, some of them are WATER HUNGRY especially the tropicals that can be used down in L.A and those areas.

People (some of my good friends down by San Bernadino area included) are partially to blame. They have huge water hungry gardens in the desert, well it was desert a year or two ago. Now it's golf course and new sprawling subdivisions.

E.G. My friends live on a golf course and their yard is grass and tropical flowers, and the land was desert.

As FARMERS fields lay fallow due to water restrictions and the fish are dying, people over-water tropical plants not meant to be anywhere near CA.

No salmon fishing again this year they say, they come from Oregon now, but those grass lawns sure are green.

Fisherman are mad, and so are farmers, and they should be.

I understand this book is not to blame, and is rather a symptom of letting populous locales in the desert drain dry the Delta up North... but come on guys.

There are plenty of beautiful CA native plants, some of which are nearly identical, except they are suited to the climate and rainfalls of the area which are not included.
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