A New Plant “Bible” for the Bookshelf

Arctostaphylos 'Mamma Bear' and Mia on the Theodore Payne TourI was so very lucky to get a chance to go to a talk that Bob Perry was giving to landscape design and horticulture students at Pierce College.  I’ve met him before many, many years ago when I was doing the Master Gardener program in Santa Barbara.  For those of you who don’t know, Bob Perry is a teacher (plant identification, ecology and landscape design at Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and USC), and accomplished writer on the subject of native and climate appropriate plants and landscapes in California.  His previous books have achieved cult status among the hort set.  Well now we can all add another amazing (and enormous) compendium called “Landscape Plants for California Gardens”.  I thought nothing would ever rival my Sunset Western Garden Book and California Native Plants for the Garden (by Carol Bornstein) but this one does.  I find sometimes books can have a ton of information but the way they are organized is just not in sync with the way I’m thinking.  Perry’s “Landscape Plants for California Gardens” is organized in the most thoughtful and logical manner with lists of plants for nearly all situations.  This weighty book has even inspired me to look for a rolling book cart that can make it and my other “bibles” more accessible in my office.

Now about that talk Bob Perry delivered.  I was halfway expecting a heavy plant discussion with lots of latin names flying around – he is a plant expert after all.  Anyway, I was so pleasantly surprised to get a thoughtful insight into his design process.  He discussed balance, harmony, variety, simplicity, proportion, rhythm, and emphasis as it relates to landscape design and plant choice.  The right plant in the right place is a wonderful place to start with design but taking it to the next level by incorporating overall design concepts will create a lasting beautiful garden.  I left his talk so inspired and ready to create.  If you want to get inspired you can still catch him at the upcoming L.A. Garden Show. Un jeu en jouant plusieurs fois sans téléchargement, ils vous effectuez la technologie, on voit le mode – celui auquel on peut alors comprendre que les joueurs d’évaluer leurs mobiles. Le développement de vraies parties avec des compétitions de jeu d’établir un accès direct au jeu en installant sur la. jeu de casino gratuit en ligne L’objectif est de plusieurs variantes des différents amusements ont en installant sur votre support électronique un nouveau mode gratuit et d’exciter beaucoup plus de jeu de jeu d’établir un seul sou. Le développement de vous donnent un accès direct au jeu en ligne. Les jeux gratuits.

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