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Book Review: Bountiful Bonsai by Richard W. Bender

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This was a pleasant surprise for me, to be approached a few months back by Tuttle Publishing about reviewing a book. What a fun thing to do! I’ve seen other garden blogs posting reviews before, and wondered how one goes … Continue reading

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Speaking Engagement: “Life After Lawn” Sustainable Lawn Replacement Workshop

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Well, I’m at it again! This Saturday, I’ll be speaking for TWO HOURS at a workshop on sustainable gardening with a focus on replacing lawns! My talk is being hosted by Garden for the Environment, the organic demonstration garden on 7th … Continue reading

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A Fabulous Cross-Generic Hybrid

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Last week we had an amusing episode relating to a particularly interesting plant down the street from me. My friend/compadre/mentor Charmain Giuliani, who teaches Plant ID (among other subjects) in the Environmental Horticulture department at my Alma Mater, CCSF, wanted to get a … Continue reading

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Speaking Engagement: Garden Tour and Conservation Event

On Saturday, September 20th I’ll be giving tours of the gardens at the SE Wastewater Treatment Plant (the sewer plant, in other words). Should be a fun day! These are the gardens I wrote about previously as the NoHo Garden. … Continue reading

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Garden Rant’s post on Boxwood

Last year I went on something of a diatribe about boxwood, and how it’s undeniably the most unimaginative, over-used, asinine plant in landscape use, suitable for nothing but bordering something when you don’t want to have to think about it … Continue reading

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Installation: Beautifying a Narrow Patio

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I sure am getting my fair share of livening-up tight spaces, that’s for sure! This past weekend, Tony and I found ourselves on Cathedral Hill, installing a design for Patrick Lannan of Flora Grubb Gardens. This was a long and … Continue reading

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Installation: Tight and Vertical

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Last week I commented about the trials and tribulations of installing a plant design in a tight space, and I recently had an experience of planting in a space even tighter than that! This particular one was a pair of vertical gardens … Continue reading

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Tumblr Salad

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Welcome to another episode in the Tumblr Salad series! Every now and then I get a bug up my bum to pull together a gallery of pix that I’ve posted on the boZannical Tumblr, and you, my blog-reading friends, get … Continue reading

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Installation: Grand Garden in a Small Space

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In another installation of a design by Patrick Lannan of Flora Grubb Gardens, we got to help with a marvelous transformation of a rather small back garden above the Castro-Duncan Open Space, above Noe Valley. Once again I was contacted … Continue reading

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Installation: Tiny Mission Deck

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About a month ago I did a diminutive installation on the tiniest of decks in the Mission District. Patrick Lannan of Flora Grubb Gardens had designed a nice upgrade to the clients’ back deck, and they contacted me to take care … Continue reading

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