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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 by number: Colourful combinations for your home garden

March 14, 2018

Classic, well-tested colour recipes are a great starting point for any plant display. Combining colours is a bit like running, camping, baking, or kissing: the more you do it and get into it, the better you get at it and the more you like it. Andy Vernon of The Flower-Powered Garden is a colour expert, and here […]

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Pass the pink plant picks

March 14, 2018

You may notice one incredibly popular colour of bedding flowers is also sweeping runway shows and Instgram feeds. It’s pink, it’s everywhere, and it’s totally fascinating. Andy Vernon, author of The Flower-Powered Garden, guides us through the science of the colour pink and offers a line up of the most succulent shades in a Candy Floss […]

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Plantaholics and color addicts, unite!

March 14, 2018

You are’t alone—Andy Vernon is has made a living out of singing the praises of bloomy, playful colour in the garden. Here, Vernon introduces his love of flowers and offers the inspiration for The Flower-Powered Garden.

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Six rules for chemical-free gardening

January 22, 2018

If a plant of any kind shows signs of distress, there are usually effective remedies that don’t involve reaching for chemicals. Smart gardening reduces the chances that a plant will fall prey to an insect or disease infestation in the first place. Here are some tips for raising healthy plants without resorting to chemical fixes.

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Slug and snail control: Not for the faint of heart

January 22, 2018

There are many species of slugs indigenous to our region, including our famous gargantuan banana slugs, which can reach over 9 inches long and weigh a quarter of a pound. It may come as a surprise to gardeners, however, that the behemoth species aren’t the ones doing the most damage…

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Understanding your soil

January 17, 2018

Soils in the Pacific Northwest range from the sharpest-draining sand to the stickiest clay. Each soil type has its advantages and disadvantages. If you have soil that is hard to work with, remember that plants can be found to suit any kind of soil, and difficult soil can always be amended to enhance the variety […]

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Gift ideas for garden designers

December 11, 2017

Give the gift of gardening! Help the garden designer in your life build their library with books from Timber Press. If you don’t find the right one here, try searching our catalog for more great garden design books.

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Orchestrating the ideal site for succulents

November 8, 2017

How to make succulents feel at home, from the author of Designing with Succulents. Because they are the least demanding of all plants, succulents require very little from their owners. However, for succulents to look their best, they do need some consideration as you’re laying out your site. Imagine being rooted and unable to move, […]

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