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California Native Plants for the Garden

Carol Bornstein, David Fross, & Bart O'Brien



10.2×7.4in • 26×19cm

280 pages

more than 500 plants with 450 photos

index included

ISBNs: 0962850586 • 9780962850585

Cachuma Press • 2006

This long awaited work, from three well-known authorities, was certainly worth the waiting for! Native plant veterans and newbies both rave about its clear and compact descriptions and the wonderful and abundant photos.  Its handsome format appeals as a showy coffee table book, a research guide, or as a reference for nursery visits.  The text seems a careful distillation of the three authors' vast knowledge in this area - easy to read, clear and detailed, though perhaps without a particular 'personality'.  Attention is given to each plant's colors, habit and form, culture, and seasonality.  The authors occasionally show their southern California perspective in their statements or the selection of plants.  There are appendices listing native plant nurseries and public gardens, as well as an extensive bibliography.

Seán O'Hara

California's astonishing flora has long attracted worldwide interest and is justifiably famous.  From redwood forests to Joshua tree woodlands, many of the state's most treasured wildlands are largely defined by their plant life.  Until recent years, the fascination with California plants in the wild was not matched by an equal enthusiasm for cultivating them in gardens and landscapes.  Today, however, an increasing number of horticulturists extol the California flora as a source of beautiful, diverse, and durable garden plants.  Their advocacy has pushed native plants out of the horticultural fringes and toward the mainstream of the landscape and nursery industries.  Three of the pioneering horticulturists who have championed this flora are the authors of California Native Plants for the Garden.

Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien have teamed up to share their deep knowledge and appreciation of gardening with California native plants.  Each of them has more than 25 years of experience with California natives, ranging from teaching classes and introducing new plant selections to designing and maintaining contemporary gardens.  In California Native Plants for the Garden, they write with passion and expertise about the best California natives for horticulture.  The authors also present the history of landscaping with California plants, describe the state's major plant communities, and detail the important steps for successful planning, installation, and care of a native plant garden.  They round out the text with lists of recommended species for a variety of situations and provide information on where to purchase natives and see them in public gardens.

Featuring more than 500 plants and illustrated with 450 color photos, California Native Plants for the Garden is the most comprehensive new resource on the subject of gardening with California's flora.  Regardless of where you live or your level of horticultural expertise, California Native Plants for the Garden is an essential reference book to help you discover and enjoy the rewards of growing California's remarkable native plants.

Carol Bornstein is the Director of Living Collections and Nursery at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which is devoted to the study, display, and conservation of California's native flora.  In her work with native plants, she has experimented with innovative design applications, introduced new cultivars, and provided a strong voice for regionally appropriate landscaping through her writing and teaching.

David Fross is the founder and president of Native Sons Wholesale Nursery, a grower specializing in plants from Mediterranean-climate regions of the world.  He teaches horticulture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and directed the development of the California Collection at the university's Leaning Pine Arboretum.

Bart O'Brien is the Director of Horticulture and Curator of the Living Collection at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, an educational institution dedicated to research, conservation, and horticulture of California native plants.  A fifth generation Californian, he is an authority on the native flora of the state and of northern Baja California and is an accomplished collector, grower, lecturer, and author.  He was named Horticulturist of the Year in 2005 by the Southern California Horticultural Society.

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