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Debunking the most common myths about dry gardening

June 7, 2018

Drought, drought, and more drought—dry weather, of course, is to be expected in many regions, but it is only getting worse. Luckily, botanist, biologist, and educator, Nan Sterman is here to debunk the most common myths about gardening in low-water conditions.

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Planting a dry bungalow garden

June 7, 2018

This pink storybook bungalow is a study in designing with a careful eye and restrained hand. Nan Sterman walks us through the colorful renovation and garden design of this 1930s-era bungalow in the college area of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

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Plant selection color wheel

May 25, 2017

Click on image to enlarge. Right-click to download and print. Picking the right plant can feel picky, but with these resilient, water-smart suggestions from Plant Select’s Pretty Tough Plants, you can use color theory to make the right pick!

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Pretty tough vines

March 24, 2017

Selecting tough plants is increasingly important in the age of climate change, so the experts at Plant Select. detail the most resilient, water-smart, and colorful picks for your home garden in Pretty Tough Plants. Learn more about the best vines for your garden and patio:

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Rock gardening: What you need to know about soil acidity and alkalinity

February 16, 2017

With this excerpt from Joseph Tychonievich’s Rock Gardening, you can decode the acidity of your soil to pick the best plants for your plot.

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A dry climate and a wake-up call

February 7, 2017

In this excerpt from her book, The Bold Dry Garden, Johanna Silver honors the legacy of Ruth Bancroft and the pioneering landscaping of the Ruth Bancroft Garden. With diverging public attitudes toward the current climate crisis, garden preservation, waterwise planting, and conservation activism have never been more important—let Ruth Bancroft’s fearless gardening be your guide.

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An interview with Joseph Tychonievich

November 15, 2016
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Should I build a rock garden?

October 26, 2016

Click on image to enlarge. Right-click to download and print. Not sure if you should take inspiration from the signature style of the rock garden? Joseph Tychonievich can help you decide with this helpful flowchart.

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Bold and dry garden advice

October 5, 2016

Make your home garden bolder and more water conscious with these lessons from The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

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The early life of Ruth Bancroft: The woman who inspired the Garden Conservancy

October 4, 2016

Like so many of us, Ruth Bancroft started life as an inquisitive child with a love of nature. Through her work at the iconic Ruth Bancroft Garden, she shaped the world of landscaping with a waterwise collage of colors and textures that proves a well-curated dry garden never goes out of style.

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