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California Native Gardening

A Month-by-Month Guide

Helen Popper


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This is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Beginning in October, when much of California leaves the dry season behind and prepares for its own green “spring,” Helen Popper provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners. Each month’s chapter lists gardening tasks, including repeated tasks and those specific to each season. Popper offers planting and design ideas, and explains core gardening techniques such as pruning, mulching, and propagating. She tells how to use native plants in traditional garden styles, including Japanese, herb, and formal gardens, and recommends places for viewing natives. An essential year-round companion, this beautifully written and illustrated book nurtures the twin delights of seeing wild plants in the garden and garden plants in the wild.

Praise For California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide

“Eminently readable. . . . The native gardener in California should not be without it.”
— Pacific Horticulture

“With this book Popper has filled a hole in the native plant canon, helpful in a number of ways. For beginners, its month-by-month advice on gardening activities in the native plant garden should greatly reduce the intimidation factor. For the more experienced, it's a delightful way to keep organized, planning your gardening time in advance, making sure you haven't forgotten anything, and not least, taking pleasure in the shared experiences of a long-time native plant gardener. And then, there are the photographs, which are nothing short of spectacular, among the best I've seen. They identify, clarify, and instruct.”
— Larner Seeds Newsletter

University of California Press, 9780520265356, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

About the Author

Helen Popper is Associate Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University.